According to the latest statistics, around 5.5 million pigs were killed by the African swine fever. In the past nine months, pig farming was difficult due to concerns over the epidemic. Reports by 56 cities and provinces showed that total pig herd across the country was at above 22 million pigs, down 16 percent compared to that in October last year. If including the figures of seven provinces which have not made reports, there are around 25 million pigs nationwide, enough to supply for the market. However, the prices of pork are still on the increase. According to the ministry, luckily, there are still around 2.9 million sows, which are enough for rebuilding of pig herd. Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong asked farms and enterprises to apply biosecurity practices in pig farming so as to rebuild pig herd sustainably and avoid diseases. He said that the fourth quarter and the first quarter of next year are always the time of highest food consumption. The African swine fever has caused a shortage in supply of food, so the ministry has had policies to increase poultry flock and grass-fed cattle herd. Up to now, the country’s poultry flock rose 12 percent, grass-fed cattle… Read full this story
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