ASF Asia: Vietnam suspends imports of live pigs from Thailand

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In a remarkable gesture, Vietnam announced the suspension of the import of live pigs from Thailand following the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in a batch of pigs imported this month, the government said on Friday. in a press release.

Reuters news agency reported that the move was aimed at prevent the spread of disease domestic pig herd, the statement said, adding that the suspension will take effect from June 30. According to the government, ASF was found in a batch of 980 live pigs imported from Thailand on May 19.

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Pigs transported to Thailand.  Photo: Suwapat Imchalee / Eyeem |  ANP

Pigs transported to Thailand. Photo: Suwapat Imchalee / Eyeem | ANP

Pigs for slaughter in Vietnam

The pigs were intended for slaughter in Vietnam. Due to the ASF outbreak, supplies of pigs have been relatively low, resulting in high prices. This situation has already calmed down in recent weeks.

According to state media, citing Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) earlier this year, Vietnam imported more than 500,000 live pigs from Thailand in the second half of 2020.

No official ASF epidemic in Thailand yet

The news is remarkable because Thailand has never officially reported any outbreaks of African swine fever, thus officially being a disease-free oasis in Southeast Asia. All surrounding countries have officially reported outbreaks – Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia have.

The country has a strong trading position in Asia and exports both pigs and pork.

Thailand and Vietnam do not share borders. According to the site Zingnews, the import attempt had taken place in Lao Bao International Border Gate, which is right in the middle of Vietnam, just north of Da Nang. The location was marked with a green truck sign. The transport had to pass through Laos to reach the Vietnamese border. The shipment was worth 6.2 billion Vietnamese dong (US $ 270,000).

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