CONNECTED ARTICLES

Varna: New case of African swine fever confirmed in Osenovo village

Varna: New case of African swine fever confirmed in Osenovo village

23 August 2019 | 15:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. A new case of African swine fever has been confirmed after a dead wild boar was found in the village of Osenovo, Dr. Zlatina Dimova, Director of the Regional Food Safety Directorate told Focus Radio – Varna.
Restriction signs will be erected near the place where the dead animal was found. Other measures include restricting the access to the area. No hunting, picking herbs and mushrooms or hiking should be carried out within the eight-kilometre area. The measures will be in force until October 21, according to the order of the director of the Regional Forest Directorate.
Dr. Dimova also said that unregistered domestic pigs were found in 71 backyards in the Varna region. They had not been voluntarily slaughtered by their owners who will now be sanctioned.
"Unregistered animals have been kept in 71 backyards. However, sanctions will not be imposed on all of them as some are now under registration procedure," Dr. Dimova explained.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Ruse: Three new cases of African swine fever in wild boar in Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets

Ruse: Three new cases of African swine fever in wild boar in Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets

22 August 2019 | 12:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Ruse. Three new cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar have been reported in the villages of Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets. Deputy Regional Governor of Ruse Svilen Ivanov together with Dr. Nikolay Nenov of the regional directorate for food safety held a meeting of the permanent interdepartmental regional epizootic commission to discuss the complicated situation of the African swine fever in the region, said the press office of the regional administration in Ruse.
A new outbreak of the disease at an industrial pig farm was found in the village of Karamanovo this week, bringing the number of affected industrial farms in the region to four. As of yesterday, the culling of all 4,500 pigs has begun. Also, since Monday, three new cases of infected wild boar have been reported in the villages of Prosena, Mechka and Pisanets.
A detailed biosecurity analysis of the affected pig farms is being carried out to ensure that all necessary measures will be taken before restarting the farms. A team from Germany that is assisting will prepare a detailed assessment of all affected industrial farms in northern Bulgaria.
The total number of pigs euthanised is 70,440, excluding the animals slaughtered yesterday at the farm in Karamanovo.
It is important to note that the current trend at the national level is towards an increase in the incidence of African swine fever.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian Food Safety Agency: One-off payment of BGN 300 per farm to start as of 1 September

Bulgarian Food Safety Agency: One-off payment of BGN 300 per farm to start as of 1 September

21 August 2019 | 13:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. As of 1 September 2019, a one-off payment of BGN 300 will be given to farmers who took measures for cleaning and disinfecting their “backyard” farms after voluntary slaughtering their pigs as prevention against the spread of African swine fever, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency .
Farms in the 20 km sanitary zone around industrial farms and those identified as having high epizootic risk by the regional epizootic committees will be entitled to compensation. Eligible owners are those who raised up to five pigs for meat and the meat was for personal use only and not sold on the market. They must be included in a list drawn up by the mayor and certified by 26 August 2019. The document certified by the regional governor and by the official veterinarian will be submitted to the regional epizootic committee.
Applications for the compensation will be submitted to the mayoralties. The owner also must declare that they will not keep pigs for at least 12 months after the disinfection.
The mayors will make public the lists of farmers who qualify as eligible.


Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Damyan Damyanov, SSE: New case of African swine fever registered in Vitoshko-Studena State Game Reserve

Damyan Damyanov, SSE: New case of African swine fever registered in Vitoshko-Studena State Game Reserve

21 August 2019 | 10:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. A new case of African swine fever has been registered in Vitosko-Studena State Game Reserve, Damyan Damyanov, Director of Southwestern State Enterprise, told Focus Radio-Pirin.
In his words, the cases on the territory of the enterprise are now four: this new case and the old ones in Iskar State Game Reserve, Sofia State Forest Enterprise and Elin Pelin State Forest Enterprise.
Damyanov said no dead carcasses were found, the wild pig in question was caught in a trap and the sample tested positive. As the test result was received yesterday, today the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and the Executive Forest Agency will issue orders, identifying the infected area in a radius of 200 sq. km and the areas where hunting or access will be prohibited or restricted as much as possible, he said.
Since the beginning of August, 136 wild boars have been shot dead on the territories of the Southwestern State Enterprise and about 52-53 boars in areas belonging to hunting associations, Damyanov said. Hunters have made more than 500 searches in their hunting areas for wild boar carcasses, and searches in state game reserves have been 230, he said, adding that hunters have set 50 traps, while in the state-owned areas the traps are 90.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Pazardzhik: Second outbreak of African swine fever in Alabak State Forest Enterprise

Pazardzhik: Second outbreak of African swine fever in Alabak State Forest Enterprise

20 August 2019 | 13:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Pazardzhik. A second outbreak of African swine fever has been registered in Alabak State Forest Enterprise, Pazardzhik Regional Governor Stefan Mirev said after a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission, Focus Radio – Pazardzhik reported.
Mirev said a sample of a second dead pig found in the Velingrad region on the territory of Alabak State Forest Enterprise tested positive. "It is the second outbreak of African swine fever in the region of Velingrad. At the meeting, we made a thorough analysis and discussed all measures taken by the competent institutions. They are the same as those with the first outbreak. Today, an order will be issued by the director of the regional forestry department, which will ban access to the infected area. It will prohibit logging, mushroom picking, hiking and any activities that could spread the infection," Stefan Mirev explained.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in the region reported

Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in the region reported

15 August 2019 | 14:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. The first case of African swine fever was reported in Blagoevgrad region, a dead pig found in Kresna tested positive. This transpired during an extraordinary meeting of the epizootic commission called by the Blagoevgrad regional governor, Focus Radio – Pirin reported.
The infected animal was found in the Struma river near the town. The authorities are trying to identify the owner of the dead pig, said Dr. Mihail Bashtavelov, director of the Blagoevgrad Regional Directorate for Food Safety. It is not clear how the animal ended up in the river, he said.
Dr. Bashtavelov said to prevent the disease from spreading, all farmers in the region are advised to slaughter their pigs so that they can use the meat.
He further said that wild boars are almost daily tested for ASF and so far all samples have been negative. “At this point I still cannot say how the disease had entered Kresna. It's personally inexplicable to me," said he.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Deputy Minister Atanas Dobrev: With the new outbreaks, the cases of African swine fever in wild boar are now 32

Deputy Minister Atanas Dobrev: With the new outbreaks, the cases of African swine fever in wild boar are now 32

14 August 2019 | 08:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. With the new outbreaks, the cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boar are now 32, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Atanas Dobrev told the Bulgarian National Television.
Without the commitment of the whole Bulgarian community, no good results could be expected, he said.
"With the new cases there are a total of 32 cases of ASF in wild pigs. Unfortunately, the spread of the disease reaches its peak in the months of July and August. When cases of ASF are detected, by order of the minister of agriculture, a 200-km zone is set in which all activities in the forests are prohibited. These include hunting, logging, mushroom picking, hiking. Everything is done preventively so that people cannot enter and spread the disease to larger areas," the deputy minister said.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Georgi Kostov: Bulgaria observes all regulations of EU ASF roadmap

Georgi Kostov: Bulgaria observes all regulations of EU ASF roadmap

13 August 2019 | 14:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria is now fully observing the regulations laid down in the European roadmap for the fight against African swine fever (ASF). Thirty-two cases of ASF in wild boar have been confirmed in different areas in the country. Around each location an area of 200 sq. km has been set, in which all forest activities are prohibited by order of the minister, Assoc. Prof. Georgi Kostov, advisor to the minister of agriculture, told the Bulgarian National Radio.
He said the regional epizootic committees could decide on so-called "urgent" activities, but logging is not urgent in mid-summer.
These areas have been marked by state forest enterprises and regional forestry directorates but some contractors seem to be unaware of that and therefore on-site checks have been taking place since yesterday, Kostov said, “if the order is not executed, we are in danger of compromising the measures.”
There is no ban on logging in Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Stara Zagora and Sofia. In other areas the ban is not total, but affects certain areas - mostly in Northern Bulgaria - in the regions of Ruse, Montana, Silistra. These areas are marked and entry is allowed only for persons who search for dead wild pigs, as the dead animals are a major source of infection, the expert explained.

Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo: No cases of ASF found in the municipality

Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo: No cases of ASF found in the municipality

9 August 2019 | 16:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. No cases of African swine fever have been reported on the territory of Haskovo Municipality, Mayor Dobri Belivanov told Focus Radio.
He said preventive measures have been taken in the area. "We held a meeting of the Regional Epizootic Commission a couple of days ago. We ordered the mayors within the 10 km zone all necessary measures. We had meetings with people. A committee of the Regional Food Safety Directorate continues to make on-site visits,” the mayor explained. In his words, all pigs in the village of Klokotnitsa have been slaughtered. The collection of information on the number of pigs raised in the villages continues. "The state's response is adequate, but preventive measures should have been taken once the problem in Romania occurred. The crisis would not have been on such a scale,” Belivanov said. He also said the municipality has been in constant communication with the institutions about measures to be taken and monitors their implementation.

Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Shumen: ASF confirmed in dead wild boar in Varbitsa

Shumen: ASF confirmed in dead wild boar in Varbitsa

9 August 2019 | 10:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) has confirmed new cases of African swine fever in wild boar in three regions, the BFSA said on its website. Two dead wild boars were found in Zmeitsa village in the region of Smolyan. A dead wild boar was also found in Varbitsa, Shumen region, and in Novo Gradishte, Veliko Tarnovo region. All samples were confirmed positive for the African swine fever (ASF) virus by the National Reference Laboratory at the National Diagnostic Research Veterinary Institute in Sofia on Thursday. These are the first positive samples in wild boar for Shumen and Smolyan. The BFSA urges the community to be responsive and responsible to the serious epizootic situation and to implement the prevention and biosecurity measures.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Minister Desislava Taneva: To date, there are 30 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic swine

Minister Desislava Taneva: To date, there are 30 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic swine

9 August 2019 | 10:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. To date, there are 30 outbreaks of African swine fever in domestic swine, in Northern Bulgaria mainly, of which six in industrial farms, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva told Friday Bulgarian National Television.
27 July was the last date when an outbreak in domestic swine was established. The new cases, including the latest three of last night, were found in wild boar, Minister Taneva said. She gave an example of the fight against the swine fever in the Czech Republic, where all pig raising is done only under the conditions of biosecurity measures. “We also need to comply with them if we want to have local production. Adopting these biosecurity measures, where they are missing, and with the necessary registrations afterwards of these farms – it is neither difficult nor expensive. We are in communication to get support in this respect, to help the farmers," Minister Taneva explained. The purpose of the ministry is that the subsequent repopulation is done with the appropriate biosecurity measures. "After that the risk of spread, contamination, economic losses is greatly reduced, and in such cases, lost animals will be compensated for under the European and national laws," Taneva explained.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Disinfection stations set up in areas infected with African swine fever, says Bulgarian Minister Neno Dimov

Disinfection stations set up in areas infected with African swine fever, says Bulgarian Minister Neno Dimov

8 August 2019 | 15:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In crisis areas infected with African swine fever, disinfection stations have been set up as transportation is the most serious way of transmitting the disease, Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov told the Bulgarian National Television.
The sites for disposal of euthanised pigs are chosen very carefully to avoid further risk: not in close proximity to drinking water areas or protected areas, without high groundwater, the minister said. “We carefully monitor through the basin directorates and local inspections where these animals are buried to minimise the risk. There are also requirements and regulations as to what to use as an insulating layer in burial," said Minister Dimov.
"In crisis areas, we have set up disinfection stations as transportation is the most serious way of transmitting the disease, and mobile incinerators are not enough. At this stage, the only possible option is burial," the minister said.
In his words, the animals that need to be burned in Northern Bulgaria are in a large number and it is not clear what the consequences would be. "So far there is no possibility of burning the animals. We are doing the best we can," Dimov said.
"I have secured funding for the national parks to set up traps for wild pigs, which at this stage is the most effective way since the hunting season has not yet begun. We are working in close cooperation with the agriculture ministry to reduce the wild boar population before the start of the hunting season," the minister said. In his words, the European regulations stipulate that the population should fall below 0.3 per hectare, which will be sought-after effect during the hunting season.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Minister Desislava Taneva: I am not worried about EC audit related to ASF

Minister Desislava Taneva: I am not worried about EC audit related to ASF

7 August 2019 | 11:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. I am not worried about the audit of the European Commission (EC) related to the African swine fever (ASF), Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said in an interview with the Bulgarian National Radio, referring to the forthcoming audit of the EC in Bulgaria in the period 21 September - 3 October.
She said the measures implemented by Bulgaria to tackle the ASF virus were approved by the Commission. "The experts who visited us changed the plan for the wild boar and we changed the implemented measures," the minister explained.
Regarding the tensions over backyard farms, Taneva said according to Commissioner Andriukaitis, illegal farms were not a topic for the EC, as “They should not exist at all”. The minister further said that the Commissioner nevertheless showed understanding regarding unregistered small farms without biosecurity measures. "The Commissioner listened to us, the measures we were proposing to achieve a specific European goal in fight against ASF, which is biosecurity," Taneva said, adding that the prevention plan for 2020 will include measures aimed at biosecurity of small farms. "We will have to protect them and find their motivation in European veterinary legislation in order to receive this support," she said.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in southwestern Bulgaria found in Iskar Hunting Farm

Blagoevgrad: First case of African swine fever in southwestern Bulgaria found in Iskar Hunting Farm

6 August 2019 | 09:54 | FOCUS News Agency
Blagoevgrad. The first case of African swine fever in southwestern Bulgaria was found in the Iskar Hunting Farm in Samokov region, Director of Southwest State Enterprise Damyan Damyanov told Focus Radio – Pirin.
He said a carcass of a wild boar was found at the farm on Friday, 2 August. "Unfortunately, the sample taken from carcass was positive for African swine fever. Currently, we have restricted the access to the farm and only its employees are allowed in. We have taken the necessary measures to limit the disease, one of which is the intense shooting of feral pigs. We take the necessary samples from the animals and carry them for testing to see the dynamics of the disease," said Damyanov, stressing that so far no other dead animals have been found on the premises. He also noted that there are no cases of ASF in Blagoevgrad and Kyustendil regions yet.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dr. Georgi Chobanov, BFSA: No outbreak of African swine fever found in Sofia region, preventive measures taken in 20-km zone

Dr. Georgi Chobanov, BFSA: No outbreak of African swine fever found in Sofia region, preventive measures taken in 20-km zone

2 August 2019 | 14:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is no outbreak of African swine fever in the Sofia region, Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Director of Animal Health and Welfare and Feed Control, Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), told Focus Radio.
He said the 20-kilometre zone around the villages of Mirovyane and Mramor was a preventive measure against the spread of the disease. He appealed to farmers to obey the orders given by the authorities and slaughter their animals, because the moment an outbreak is declared, the pigs would be culled and buried and the farmers would not be able to use the meat. "When they slaughter their animals, an area is freed of animals susceptible to the disease. Thus, even if there is a virus, it cannot infect animals and no outbreak can occur. Gradually, part of the virus reduces and is no longer infectious,” Dr. Chobanov explained. He further said that in the absence of animals, this process is much shorter, but infected animals produce a much larger amount of the virus that remains in the environment. The domestic population is easily controllable, but the disease also affects wild boars that roam free, he said. He also said that there is no risk of infected meat entering the regulated retail network; such can be found in unauthorised sales, and this was how the infection reached Plovdiv, Dr. Chobanov said.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian Minister Desislava Taneva: The peak of African swine fever is during summer

Bulgarian Minister Desislava Taneva: The peak of African swine fever is during summer

1 August 2019 | 10:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The peak of African swine fever (ASF) is during summer, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said in an interview with bTV.
She said the situation with ASF is critical at the moment. "The state has not failed, but in some fields more efforts could have been made," Taneva said.
Eleven countries have been affected by the disease since 2012, Minister Taneva said. "No country in which the virus has entered has been declared a free [of the disease] zone. Except the Czech Republic, which took the most radical measures to eliminate all potential vectors in wild and domestic pigs," the minister added. According to her, biosecurity measures are very important as they can allow raising of pigs in private farms.
To date, 28 outbreaks of ASF in "domestic pigs" have been registered, 5 in industrial pig farms (from a total of 65 industrial farms), as well as a separate 26 cases in wild boar. The pigs affected by these outbreaks amount to 126,000, the minister said.
She further said a process of euthanisation is underway. "20-kilometre sanitary zones have been set up, in which no farm should remain without biosecurity measures. Six regions of the country remain without such a preventive measure,” said Desislava Taneva.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian food agency: African swine fever confirmed in yet another industrial farm in Veliko Tarnovo region

Bulgarian food agency: African swine fever confirmed in yet another industrial farm in Veliko Tarnovo region

31 July 2019 | 13:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Veliko Tarnovo. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) has confirmed a new outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) at an industrial farm in the village of Balgarsko Slivovo, Svishtov municipality, Veliko Tarnovo region, said the BFSA press office. The positive samples were confirmed today, 31 July 2019, by the National Reference Laboratory of the National Diagnostic and Research Veterinary Institute in Sofia.
The affected farm raises 17,000 pigs. This is the fifth industrial farm with a confirmed outbreak of the disease and the first in the Veliko Tarnovo region.
A regional epizootic committee will meet today in Svishtov. Measures have been taken to control and eliminate the disease in accordance with the rules of European and national legislation and the Emergency Control Plan for ASF.
Enforced humane slaughter and disposal of all infected and contact pigs at the affected farm, as well as the pigs in the risk zone that have unclear health status and origin, will be conducted, subject to regulatory requirements.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dr. Adrian Dankov, food agency: Culling of backyard pigs in Vidin neighbourhood continues

Dr. Adrian Dankov, food agency: Culling of backyard pigs in Vidin neighbourhood continues

31 July 2019 | 10:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Vidin. Culling of backyard pigs in Nov Pat neighbourhood in Vidin continues, Dr. Adrian Dankov, Director of the Regional Directorate for Food Safety – Vidin, told Focus Radio – Vidin.
Nine pigs were slaughtered yesterday in the neighbourhood where a backyard pig had tested positive for African swine fever. Dr. Dankov said all pigs in Nov Pat will be slaughtered by the end of the day today and then the whole neighbourhood will be disinfected and the checkpoints lifted. “Then we will move to other neighbourhoods of Vidin, where pigs are raised,” said Dr. Dankov. He further said that as of today samples will be taken from the pigs within the 10-kilometre zone around the outbreak.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

State Fund Agriculture suspends on-site checks at pig farms across the country over ASF

State Fund Agriculture suspends on-site checks at pig farms across the country over ASF

30 July 2019 | 14:17 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The State Fund Agriculture (SFA) said they will suspend on-site checks at pig farms across the country, said SFA. The ban has been imposed by an Order of the fund’s Executive Director, Vasil Grudev, as part of the measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF).
SFA will daily monitor the information on the current epizootic situation on the official website of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA). Prior to on-site visits to applicants for financial assistance, the state fund will take into account the information published by the BFSA, both regarding the location of the farm and the restrictions on movement of persons and vehicles.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Deputy Mayor Tsvetan Asenov: Pigs in Vidin to be euthanised, no need to declare state of emergency over ASF

Deputy Mayor Tsvetan Asenov: Pigs in Vidin to be euthanised, no need to declare state of emergency over ASF

30 July 2019 | 12:38 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The euthanasia of pigs in Vidin has started, there is no need to declare a state of emergency over the African swine fever outbreak, Tsvetan Asenov, Deputy Mayor of Vidin Municipality, told Focus Radio after a “backyard” pig tested positive for African swine fever last week. The necessary measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the infection, he said. "The situation is now fully under control and all preventive measures have been taken. This morning, we started to cull the animals, which are located nearest to the place where the infected pig was found. It is a small backyard farm with one sow," said the deputy mayor. He also said that between 50 and 100 pigs will be euthanised in compliance with the regulations. Samples will be taken starting tomorrow and clinical examinations within the 10-kilometre zone will continue, he explained. The most probable source of the infection was transmission from a wild boar, Asenov added.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Minister Desislava Taneva: We expect new outbreaks of African swine fever

Minister Desislava Taneva: We expect new outbreaks of African swine fever

26 July 2019 | 15:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We expect new outbreaks of African swine fever, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva said during the parliamentary hearing on African swine fever, Focus News Agency reports. "To date we have registered 21 outbreaks in domestic pigs in six regions: Pleven, Burgas, Vratsa, Ruse, Targovishte and Veliko Tarnovo. Six of these outbreaks have been detected through active surveillance by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. Two industrial farms have been affected," said Taneva.
The disease is actively circulating, July, August and partly September is its peak as final stage manifestation, the minister said, adding that they do expect new outbreaks. In her words, support for backyard farms cannot be funded and approved by the European authorities for the fact that these farms are unregistered. She noted that unregistered farms lack appropriate biosecurity measures and are a major source of contagion. “The large pig farms where the infection was detected, we are actively communicating with them, even their staff living in these villages were motivated not to keep backyard pigs to exclude a potential infection at the farm. Despite this, the disease invaded these large farms," Taneva said.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva: July and August is the peak of African swine fever, nearly 60,000 pigs will be euthanised

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva: July and August is the peak of African swine fever, nearly 60,000 pigs will be euthanised

25 July 2019 | 12:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. July and August is the peak of African swine fever, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva told the Bulgarian National Television.
Minister Taneva said there are measures that could have been taken or better implemented to prevent the outbreaks. Bulgaria has already asked for reimbursement, she said. "Of all the funds that we spent last year for these measures, we have requested reimbursement of EUR 1.4 million, but we haven’t got a decision so far.” The government has issued a decree on the costs incurred during the current crisis. "They will not be enough though, given the number of the animals and the fact that there are now outbreaks among industrial pigs, but there is a procedure. Compensations will be awarded, no doubt about that, we are starting communication for financial support from the European Commission,” Minister Taneva said.
She confirmed that nearly 60,000 pigs will be euthanised. The farmers will be paid compensations equal to the market value of their culled pigs, the minister said. The losses sustained by the farm in Nikolovo will likely stand at about BGN 2 million, "It is certainly millions," she said.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

State of emergency declared in Pleven region over ASF

State of emergency declared in Pleven region over ASF

24 July 2019 | 11:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Pleven. The regional governor of Pleven, Miroslav Petrov, has declared a state of emergency in the region of Pleven over the outbreaks of African swine fever established in backyard farms in the municipalities of Gulyantsi, Nikopol, Levski and Belene, said the press office of the Regional Administration. The state of emergency comes into effect today (24 July) and will last until 31 July 2019, or may be extended, if necessary.
The regional governor has ordered that coordination and implementation of all operations related to the cull of the animals in the affected areas should be organized by the Pleven food safety directorate. The police will guard all entry and exit routes in areas with recorded ASF outbreaks and will inform the food safety body about presence of pigs in the backyards. The regional fire department and the mayors will also assist in the implementation of the measures. In the course of action, human resources and equipment of the Ministry of Defence and local military forces will be used, if necessary.
"The declared emergency allows for the involvement of a wider range of institutions in the measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease," said the governor, stressing that their strict implementation, as well as cooperation of local authorities and farmers is of utmost importance for the effectiveness of the actions taken.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dr. Alexandra Miteva, Food Safety Agency: No ASF-infected meat on the market

Dr. Alexandra Miteva, Food Safety Agency: No ASF-infected meat on the market

23 July 2019 | 14:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There is no meat infected with African Swine Fever (ASF) on the market. The ASF virus is not dangerous for humans. There is no danger to public health and consumers, head of the Animal Health Department at the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, Dr. Alexandra Miteva, told Nova TV.
"Meat was seized to prevent further spread of the disease among the animals that are mainly susceptible – domestic and wild pigs," she said.
African swine fever is a very dangerous disease which spreads very quickly, Dr Miteva said. "The main factor for it is the human factor – boots, equipment, cars, people who have passed through infected areas, who have been in the forest, can carry the disease," she explained.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian Minister Desislava Taneva: As of now, 15 outbreaks of African swine fever in backyard pigs and 15 in wild boar confirmed

Bulgarian Minister Desislava Taneva: As of now, 15 outbreaks of African swine fever in backyard pigs and 15 in wild boar confirmed

17 July 2019 | 14:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. As of now, 15 outbreaks of African swine fever in backyard pigs and 15 in wild boar have been confirmed, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva told a press briefing at the Council of Ministers, Focus News Agency reports.
"We expect that two more outbreaks will be reported today," Minister Taneva said. In her words, preventive measures continue to be applied.
"We are increasing the financial reward to BGN 150 for each wild pig killed in the 20-kilometre zones around the outbreaks," said Taneva. She further said that traffic control in these areas will be tightened.
"By the end of the day, the Ministry of Environment and Water should assess the epizootic situation and make a decision regarding wild boar depopulation. These measures will be implemented by officials of the forestry management bodies,” she said.
Ports, airports and rail stations have been identified as risk points because of waste left from tourists, Minister Taneva said. "We will provide sufficient containers and disinfectants to minimise that risk of spreading the disease as well," the agriculture minister added.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dimitar Stefanov, Mayor of Tutrakan: The human factor is the main reason for the spread of African swine fever

Dimitar Stefanov, Mayor of Tutrakan: The human factor is the main reason for the spread of African swine fever

16 July 2019 | 11:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The human factor is the main reason for the spread of African swine fever (ASF), Mayor of Tutrakan Dimitar Stefanov said in an interview with Focus Radio.
He said more restrictive measures are needed regarding unregistered backyard pigs. In his words, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency has taken entirely appropriate measures with regard to the ASF, working together with the National Association of Hunters and Fishermen. “People do not take the disease seriously, that’s the problem. The neglect of farmers raising unregistered pigs in their backyards is the cause of the spread of the disease. All those who raise unregistered backyard pigs and have no documents should be penalised so that the state can show it is strong, and veterinary regulations really need to be respected. Otherwise, people are given a hidden incentive to keep raising backyard pigs and hide them," said the mayor. Registered domestic animals are more easily controlled, he said, adding that ASF will continue to spread, if the control over domesticated animals is not tightened.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dr. Miroslav Parvanov: Local authorities and police need to take a more active role in the fight against African swine fever

Dr. Miroslav Parvanov: Local authorities and police need to take a more active role in the fight against African swine fever

15 July 2019 | 14:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The African swine fever is now present in Bulgaria, Dr. Miroslav Parvanov, chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Veterinarians with Food Animals (BAVFA) told Focus News Agency.
He said the disease is spreading at a very large scale. "Any hesitation and compromise with the situation at the moment are risky, we fully support the measures taken by the government," Parvanov said. "What’s more, we believe that local authorities, gendarmerie and police have to take an even more active role, as the situation now poses risks, with animals being hidden or [secretly slaughtered by their owners] and their products transported, which is unacceptable," he noted.

Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian government allocates BGN 3.7 mln to fight African swine fever

Bulgarian government allocates BGN 3.7 mln to fight African swine fever

10 July 2019 | 13:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The government will allocate BGN 3.7 million to prevent the spread of African swine fever, it transpired from the words of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov at the beginning of today's government meeting, Focus News Agency reports
The prime minister suggested that the meeting start with point B-12 on today’s agenda concerning the allocation of additional funds to prevent the spread of African swine fever. He proposed that the government should vote BGN 3.7 million for agriculture so that the necessary measures are taken. “We have managed to steer clear of that plague for two years, but now with the Romanian tourists coming, we are facing danger," the prime minister said.
"Six new outbreaks were reported yesterday. The infection is easy and fast, there is no vaccine. The only way [to deal with it] is the physical destruction of wild boar and backyard pigs, as well as control over goods from neighbouring countries, there are 1,100 outbreaks in Romania. Yesterday, when the new outbreaks were found, we set up disinfection points in all six villages. I thank [Interior Minister] Mladen Marinov for the cooperation between the fire department and our teams," said Minister of Agriculture and Food Desislava Taneva.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Food Safety: African swine fever is spreading, virus transmission among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous

Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Food Safety: African swine fever is spreading, virus transmission among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous

9 July 2019 | 11:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. African swine fever is spreading, the transmission of the virus among feral and domestic pigs is very dangerous, Dr. Georgi Chobanov, Director of Animal Health and Welfare, and Feed Control, told Focus Radio in reference to the new outbreaks of the disease.
In domestic swine, the disease can be eradicated, but in the wild population it takes longer as it is difficult to locate the infected animals, Dr. Chobanov said. He recommended several measures to the farmers. "First, if possible, not to keep pigs for a while as the disease is now starting. From now on, it will increase in area and affected animals. If, however, they have decided to do it anyway, these pigs must be registered. This means buying them from a farm that is licenced to breed and sell this type of animals, having all necessary documents, and raising them according to the requirements,” he explained. He further said that every animal owner must have a contract with a registered veterinarian who will supervise the animal. The law is clear as to who can claim compensation and who cannot. If the pig has been bought legally the pig and has the necessary documents, the owner would be compensated, if the animal is euthanized.


Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Dr. Damyan Iliev, Food Safety: One of the main concerns about African swine fever is its spread through food packaging and leftovers

Dr. Damyan Iliev, Food Safety: One of the main concerns about African swine fever is its spread through food packaging and leftovers

8 July 2019 | 15:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. One of the main concerns about African swine fever is its spread through food packaging and leftovers, said Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency Damyan Iliev, after a meeting on measures for prevention and control of African swine fever, Focus News Agency reported.
There have been two outbreaks of the disease in the country so far – in the villages of Zhernov and Novachene, the necessary actions have been taken, 46 pigs have been euthanized in Zhernov, Dr Iliev said, specifying that the exact number of culled animals in Novachene would be announced later today.
The disease is spread not only by wild boars, domestic pigs or their meat can also transmit the virus, he said. Consumption of infected animals can cause a lot of harm as the meat products can reach any part of the country. In the places where the sick animals were found, the virus can survive up to 3 or 4 months and be transmitted, he commented.

Open in new tab
прочети затвори

BFSA began the forced killing of all domestic pigs, affected by African plague

BFSA began the forced killing of all domestic pigs, affected by African plague

6 July 2019 | 11:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Pleven. The forced killing and disposal of all domestic pigs affected by the outbreak of African plague in the village of Novachene in Pleven began. This was reported by the Bulgarian food safety agency press center. In the framework of the epizootic survey conducted in connection with the outbreak in the village of Zhernov (Pleven region) on July 4, 2019, on July 5, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) found a new outbreak in a farm of the type of private farm in village of Novachene. The pig samples taken were confirmed as positive for the African swine fever virus (ASF) by the National Reference Laboratory of the National Diagnostic Research Veterinary Medical Institute in Sofia.
The BFSA shall take the necessary measures to control and eradicate the disease in accordance with the rules of European and national legislation and the Emergency Action Plan for ASF Control. The forced humane killing and the disposal of all domestic pigs will commence today, observing the requirements of Ordinance No 22 to minimize the suffering of animals during slaughter or killing.
Restriction zones (3 km of safety and 10 km of surveillance zones) have been established, where measures for the control and eradication of ASF have been imposed.
The BFSA warns that there is prohibition of entry and exit of people and cars without the permission of the BFSA in the area of ​​the sites during the implementation of the measures allocated by an order of the Executive Director of the Agency with the exception of MoI staff, and Emergency Medical Care, representatives of the central and local government, and the Regional Administration and persons having an address registration in the respective settlement.
Up-to-date information on locations with confirmed cases of African swine fever in the country and the movement of the disease can be found in the interactive map published on the site of the Bulgarian food safety agency.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva: To protect the country from an African swine fever epidemic, we must strictly apply the measures

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva: To protect the country from an African swine fever epidemic, we must strictly apply the measures

5 July 2019 | 13:43 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We must implement preventive measures very strictly, if we want to protect the country from an African swine fever epidemic, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva told journalists in the parliament, in reference to the outbreak in Pleven, FOCUS News Agency reports.
"African swine fever is a very dangerous disease, spreading very quickly and easily, even by mechanical transmission. There is no cure for it. There is no vaccine. The economic losses are enormous. The only positive thing is that it poses no risk to people’s health but people are carriers of the virus," said the minister.
"In Bulgaria the first outbreak among backyard pigs was found in 2018. Yesterday, a second outbreak among domestic pigs was found, another 23 cases in wild boar have been established since last year," said Minister Taneva, adding that in neighbouring Romania there have been over 1,100 cases and over 250,000 pigs have been culled.
On Monday, a meeting with the governors of northern regions, the food safety agency and directors of forest enterprises will take place at the ministry, Taneva said.


Open in new tab
прочети затвори

Pleven: Domestic pigs to be culled over African swine fever outbreak in Zhernov

Pleven: Domestic pigs to be culled over African swine fever outbreak in Zhernov

4 July 2019 | 10:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Today, the veterinary authorities will start culling all domestic pigs in a 3-kilometre zone around the village of Zhernov, Pleven, where an outbreak of African swine fever was found yesterday at a private farm. Clinical examinations and laboratory surveillance will begin in the 10-kilometre surveillance zone, Dr. Georgi Chobanov of the food agency (Bulgarian Food Safety Agency) told the Bulgarian National Radio. He said this outbreak is more than 200 kilometers away from the first one found in Bulgaria a year ago. "The outbreak in Zhernov is connected to the nearby outbreaks located on the other side of the Danube. We have been warning for quite some time about the outbreak locations all along the Bulgarian-Romanian border," he said. "African swine fever is not contagious to people but is extremely unfavourable in terms of economic impact," he said, adding that the veterinary authorities know the number of animals to be culled. "However, we remember Tutrakan when we also thought we knew, but it turned out to be three times higher. So far we are aware of a small number of animals in Zhernov, there are 12 live pigs in the affected farm, and in the order of 35 animals in the whole village. Within the 3-kilometre zone there are another three villages, where the number of pigs is also very small, according to preliminary data," Dr. Chobanov explained.
The farmers of the culled pigs in the 3-kilometre zone will receive compensation. According to Dr. Chobanov, one of the key measures is to increase the biosecurity level of all industrial pig farms to prevent introduction of the disease.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Leader of Five Star Movement Luigi di Mayo is ready to negotiate with Matteo Renzi&#8217s DP. August 23, 2019
Leader of Five Star Movement Luigi di Mayo is ready to negotiate with Matteo Ren...

VIDEO OF THE DAY
Focus News Agency and Radio Network
Focus News Agency and Radio Network
Home | Services | Archive | Partners | Banners | Radio Adds | About Us | Disclaimer | Contacts |
© 2019 FOCUS Information Agency The content published by Focus Information Agency and the technologies, used on its website, are protected by the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act. All the text, audio and video materials, photos, and graphics, published in the database, are property of Focus Information Agency, unless otherwise provided. The USERS and SUBSCRIBERS are under the obligation to use the materials from the database according to Focus Information Agency’s General Terms and Conditions as well as the applicable law of the Republic of Bulgaria.