Measures constantly being implemented to stop African Swine Fever


KUCHING: The Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVS) has implemented control measures to curb the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) and carried out surveillance activities and awareness campaigns, including Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) since March 2021.

Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development, Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said DVS was still actively engaging in awareness campaigns, especially in rural areas and commercial farms.

“Engagement sessions and campaigns were held with commercial farm breeders and association breeders.

“This session has been held three times in Kuching/Samarahan/Serian, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri/Limbang since the first case was reported in Lawas in 2021.”

Dr Rundi was responding to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s statement regarding the status and control of ASF in Sarawak.

He also said the ban on imported pork and pork-based products from ASF-infected areas had been enforced and implemented under Section 9 (1) of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance, 1999.

“However, smuggling activities and non-compliance with this prohibition are still going on.

“A total of 210kg of pork products were seized at the airport in Sarawak until May 2022.

“Pork products such as canned pork stew are allowed to enter on condition that the products undergo a Hold-Test-Release to guarantee they are free of ASF.

“As of Aug 2, two consignments have been rejected due to positive detection of the virus.”

According to Dr Rundi, to curb the spread of ASF from one division to another, Section 36 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance, 1999 was implemented and livestock movement control was introduced.

“Test and Slaughter Procedure has been implemented in which this procedure only allows registered pig farms and movement permits for pigs to slaughterhouse/district councils respectively to be tested and marked before slaughter for sale.

“Continuous monitoring of slaughtering activities in unregistered abattoirs is also conducted.

“As of August, four compounds have been issued for offences under Section 60 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance, 1999 for slaughtering pigs in an unlicensed slaughterhouse.”

Dr Rundi said that in 2021, a total of RM497,000 was paid to pig farmers in Lawas, Limbang and several parts of Miri as compensation for the disposal of affected livestock.

998 UiTM graduands receive scrolls

KOTA SAMARAHAN: A total of 998 graduands received their degree and diploma scrolls at the 94th UiTM Sarawak convocation yesterday (September 26). UiTM Sarawak rector,...

Share post:

Our Opinion

More like this

Neighbours’ quick action saves house from fire

SARIKEI: Swift actions by neighbours succeeded in saving two...

Slight decline in reported cases

KUCHING: Sarawak recorded a total of 658 COVID-19 cases...

Students urged to master multiple languages

SIBURAN: Students have been encouraged to master various languages...

Rep assures villagers of development projects

SARATOK: Every application for infrastructure projects will be taken...

Poor weather hampers search for missing fisherman

MUKAH: Inclement weather hampered the fifth day of the...

Sarawak records 45 deaths from rabies since 2017

KUCHING: All 32 immune belt enforcement teams (IBET) will...

Council cracks whip on used cooking oil 

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) will be taking stern...

Three week controlled release of water from Bakun

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy is commencing its seasonal controlled release...

Rabies epidemic manageable but vigilance must remain

KUCHING: The number of rabies cases in Sarawak is...

Driver injured as 4WD rams tree

MIRI: A 42 year-old man suffered injuries to his...

Snake caught in hospital

BETONG: A hospital employee was shocked to discover a...

Concert combines music, animation, short film

KOTA SAMARAHAN: A prominent local band, At Adau, has...