According to recent statements by Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, as of mid-July, 55 cases of the African swine fever virus have been registered in Russia. The situation remains difficult, including in regions that are mainly involved in agriculture, and requires very complicated animal breeding procedures.
While there is a permanent commission within the Ministry of Agriculture that deals with this issue, however, experience has shown that the measures by regional, local authorities have proven to be inefficient and insufficiently coordinated.
For his part, the Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich suggested instituting a ban on pig breeding and handling for all organisations regardless of the type of ownership, if they fail to comply with biological control requirements (this measure actually targets personal small-holdings and small farms). This will require replacing relevant jobs with new ones, and supporting other activities carried out by such organisations, which means breeding other types of livestock or crop farming. Such measures are already being implemented in the regions, but very slowly, and they are failing to match the infection attack rate. It is generally agreed that this should be done as soon as possible.
Monday July 22, 2013/ Government/ Russia.