Stella Kyriakides, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Monique Eloit, Director General of the OIE as well as Ministers of Agriculture of Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Japan, Belgium, Norway, Australia, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of South Korea, representatives of PCR Ministry of Agriculture, FAO, European Farmers’ Association and numerous experts on ASF prevention and control made reports at the Conference-The future of global pig production under the threat of African swine fever that was held as a part of the International Green Week 2020 in Berlin on January 17, 2020.
The Russian delegation was headed by Sergey Dankvert, Rosselkhoznadzor Head.
All speakers agreed that further ASF spread would make increasing devastating impact to agriculture industries and economies of the affected countries as well as a significant effect on global agricultural market. Many speakers emphasized that further ASF spread prevention required more stringent measures to be taken including harsher penalties for illegal movement of commodities posing risk of ASF spread, reducing number of low-biocontainment small-scale pig holdings and reducing wild boar population being one of the major ASF virus transmission factors in some European countries.
Sergey Dankvert, Rosselkhoznadzor Head, making the report on Russian experience in ASF combating. Implementation of regionalization, compartmentalization and electronic certification, noted that ASF would keep spreading and this devastating disease could affect growing number of countries. He indicated that global mass media did not pay much attention to ASF in order to raise public awareness. He also noted that it would be impossible to save low-biocontainment small-scale pig holdings under current conditions. A role of wild boars in ASF spread was underlined and it was noted that wild boar regulation should be addressed more seriously.
Sergey Dankvert pointed to successful implementation of regionalization, compartmentalization and electronic certification mechanisms in Russia that had contributed to 2.4 times increase in pig production for the last 14 years.
Sergey Dankvert described approaches taken by the Russian Veterinary Service for ASF control and prevention and expressed the readiness to share available experience with foreign colleagues. He underlined that Russia always demonstrated high transparency in all aspects especially in transboundary animal disease control.