Farmers reminded to be protect their pigs from African swine fever


KUCHING: Those in the pig farming industry have been warned again about the African swine fever which is harmful to their livestock.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing stated that although it is not harmful to humans, it is devastating for the farming economy.

He also disclosed that the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak had briefed him on the disease in his office today (July 8) via Zoom by Dr Chuo Hock Tieng from the Regulatory Division of DVS.

“According to DVS, the disease, suspected to have spread to Sarawak, may have originated from Kalimantan while the cases in Sabah spread for the Philippines.

“Humans are not infected, but you can be a carrier and affect the pigs that you rear domestically. You can still consume pork, but you must make sure that it is not from sick pigs,” he said in a press statement today (July 8).

He pointed out that pig farmers must take precautionary measures and avoid feeding meat scraps to their pigs.

“They must also use separate clothes and footwear around pigs. They are reminded against moving sick pigs off their farm or to use meat from sick pigs. Any illness or deaths in pigs must be reported to the animal health service,” he said.

Also present during the briefing were Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang, Director of DVS Dr Adrian Susin Ambud and chief executive officer officer of Sarawak Forestry Corporation Dr Zulkipli Aton.

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