The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies (MAPA) will hold the first meeting of the Work Group (WG) established to set the rules for the execution of compartmentalisation in pigs. The group will have six months, extendable for six more months, for proposing the rules. The coordination of the WG will be carried out by the Ministry's Department of Animal Health (DSA).
Brazil will be able to adopt, for the first time, the compartmentalisation in pigs in order to be considered free of foot-and-mouth disease without vaccination and free of classical swine fever. The system is planned to be adopted in a year and a half at the most, and it will be voluntary. To do so, a pilot project will be started. So, the fattening farms, the studs and the refrigeration units will be considered protected against any risk for these diseases.
Compartmentalisation removes the geographical hazards, because each farm is considered as a compartment free of a specific disease, and in case of a disease outbreak in a state or region, it facilitates the preservation of exports and the national trade. It also allows negotiation with the most strict markets regarding the free from foot-and-mouth disease health status without vaccination.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017/ MAPA/ Brazil.