ASF: Declaration on Durin, Meradong, Jalan Repok yet to be lifted

Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom (file pic)
15/02/2022 03:15 PM

SIBU, Feb 15  -- Sarawak has yet to lift the declarations of Durin in Sibu District, Meradong and Jalan Repok in Sarikei District as African Swine Fever (ASF) Disease Infected Area, said its Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

In a statement today, he said the simultaneous declarations made on Jan 14 when samples from several pig farms in those areas were confirmed positive to ASF by laboratory testing was necessary for more effective control of the disease.

“As of today, these declarations are still in effect and has yet to be lifted. The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) continues to monitor all the pig farms, be it a commercial farm, smallholder farm and even indigenous pigs kept in the villages and longhouses,” he said.

According to Dr Rundi, monitoring programmes include both clinical and serological surveillances to determine the spread of ASF in the two divisions. 

He also reminded all pig farmers to step up their farm biosecurity including discouraging farm visits and prohibiting entry of vehicles that are not properly cleaned and disinfected, while swill feeding using kitchen wastes should be stopped as contaminated food products including pork would often cause the spread of ASF.  

Dr Rundi said DVS had so far managed to contain the disease but he wanted all pork producers to continue their cooperation to practice strict hygiene and sanitation.