With the aim of anticipating epidemiologic surveillance activities to avoid and prevent classical swine fever from entering the insular department, the Agriculture and Livestock Department of Colombia (ICA) carried out inspection and control visits on pig farms on the islands.
The archipelago has a pig census of 2,223 heads, of which 1,884 are in San Andrés and 339 in Providencia. Most of these animals are reared on backyard farms.
“Its been 20 years without a classical swine fever outbreak in the islands, and therefore we must carry out control activities permanently to preserve the health status of the insular department”, said Mr José Miguel Cardona, branch manager of the ICA on San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina.
During the visits, the producers will be informed of the damage caused by classical swine fever, that can spread through the contact with contaminated vehicles, pens and clothing, as well as through the transport of animals, so the Institute recommends them the implementation of Good Farming Practices (GFP) on the farms and to alert the ICA immediately if they see clinical signs compatible with the disease.
Friday, April 12th, 2019/ ICA/ Colombia.