Varna Region: More than 40,000 Pigs will be Put Down due to ASF

More than 40,000 pigs will be put down in Varna, the reason African swine fever case.

A few days ago, new cases of ASF were registered in the village of Brestak.

The pig farm is one of the largest in the area. It employs about 130 people.

After the new case of the ASF, authorities banned the transportation of animals.

European Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis Arrives in Bulgaria

Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis arrives in Bulgaria today. Together with Minister of Agriculture Desislava Taneva, he will participate in a meeting of experts on African swine fever.

The Forum will gather information on outbreaks of disease in Europe and coordinate action to tackle the problem.

Bulgarian Agriculture Minister: There will be Personnel Changes in Food Safety Agency

There will undoubtedly be staffing and organizational changes in the Food Safety Agency, but we cannot make them at the peak of the African Swine Fever (ASF) infection when we need people on the sites, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva told BNT1 breakfast program on August 9 in connection with the check appointed by the Chief Prosecutor into the Food Safety Agency 

Authorities in Northern Macedonia Taking Preventative Measures Against ASF

African swine fever is also likely to occur in Northern Macedonia, local veterinarians warn. Authorities in the country are taking all measures to prevent infection.

Farm inspections will begin in the coming weeks, aiming to keep farmers aware of the signs of the disease.

ASF: New Protests in Bulgaria Planned Because of Compulsory Culling of Pigs

Owners of domestic pigs from the region of Parvomai will stage another protest against the order for the compulsory culling of "back yard" pigs as a step against the African Swine Fever outbreaks in the country. They plan to close the traffic on Haskovo-Svilengrad-Istanbul international road, reports BNT. 

Pig Farmers Demand National State of Emergency over African Swine Fever

Industrial pig farmers on August 2 called for declaring a state of emergency in the whole of Bulgaria due to the spread of African Swine Fever.

Supported by representatives of meat production, meat processing, and grain producers, they demanded even stricter measures to halt the spread of the virus, which is about to cause huge economic losses to the country.