The spread of African swine fever could force Vietnam to import more pork in coming months to compensate for a drop in domestic supply, experts from the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said on Tuesday.
The disease affects about 53 cities and provinces and they have had to sacrifice more than 2,200,000 animals, almost six percent of the national herd, with which the meat supply has been limited, they said.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development advised the farmers to redirect production towards aquaculture and poultry farming to overcome a possible greater shortage of pork. It traditionally represents more than 70 percent of meat consumption in Vietnam.
Some farmers try to treat the disease with methods of doubt, and when they fail, they throw dead animals into rivers, canals or garbage dumps, and hide the facts from local authorities.
Known for almost one century, the virus that causes it is a highly contagious pathogen and can reach a 100 percent mortality level among infected animals.
Although the disease is not transmitted to humans, the economic and environmental consequences can be very serious.
According to the World Organization for Animal Health, about 20 countries have reported since 2017 some cases of African swine fever.