ASF reaches Myanmar
African swine fever (ASF) continues spreading across Asia, and has now been confirmed in Myanmar, close to the border with the Chinese province of Yunnan.
The suspicion of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Myanmar since the beginning of August has been confirmed by Dr Ye Tun Win, Chief Veterinary Officer Director General of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, in the report sent to OIE/WOAH on August 14th.
An outbreak that started on August 1st has been declared that considers a village in the Mongla area (very close to the border with the Chinese province of Yunnan) as the epidemiological unit. So far, the notified outbreak involves 65 pigs.
According to the district veterinary services, importation to the area of pigs as well as pork has occurred.
ASF in Serbia
Serbia reports African Swine Fever (ASF) for the first time in this country.
According to the OIE, and while waiting for the confirmation from the reference laboratory for African Swine Fever (ASF), Serbia has reported the presence of ASF in backyard pigs for the first time in this country.
So far, four outbreaks have been reported in the north-central part of the country, between July 30th and August 7th. The first three cases were detected on farms with 10 to 24 animals, in the municipality of Mladenovac, Belgrade district. The fourth involves a farm with 64 pigs in the neighbouring municipality of Smederevska Palanka (Podunavski district).
Canada supports pork sector to grow exports
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of up to $6 million to Canada Pork International to strengthen, diversify and grow Canada’s pork exports in priority markets around the world.
This investment will help Canada’s pork industry in their efforts to boost awareness of the industry in priority international markets, positioning Canadian pork producers to further benefit from new opportunities created by Canada’s free trade agreements.
This funding will help the sector to strengthen its knowledge of market opportunities, enhance promotional efforts, increase contact with potential buyers and grow market opportunities for chilled pork exports.
The project is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriMarketing Program, which helps industry increase and diversify exports to international markets and seize market opportunities. The program supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada's reputation for high quality and safe food.
Canada Pork International (CPI) is the export promotion market development agency of the Canadian pork industry. It is a joint initiative of the Canadian Meat Council, representing the pork packers and trading companies, and the Canadian Pork Council, which is the national hog producer organization.
In 2018, the Canadian pork industry exported $3.9 billion worth of pork to 89 countries.
There were 14 million hogs on January 1, 2019 on approximately 8,060 farms in Canada. Farm cash receipts from the sale of hogs in 2018 totalled $4.1 billion.