Confirmed African swine fever cases in Germany rise to 53
Topics: AFRICAN SWINE FEVER GERMANY
Three additional cases found in two previously defined risk areas near the border with Poland were confirmed, according to BMEL.
Market distortions caused by ASF and limited slaughtering capacities in the meat industry due to the coronavirus crisis led to a further increase in the surplus of pigs that were ready for slaughter, according to the German Farmers' Association (DBV).
"Our pig farmers suffer massively from the collapsed slaughter pig and piglet prices and the logistical problems in marketing," said DBV President Joachim Rukwied said in a statement.
BMEL stressed that Germany's domestic pig population is "free from African swine fever." ■