Ukraine introduced a temporary ban on import of dairy and meat products from Belarus, as well as the animals susceptible to African swine fever (ASF), products and raw materials from them.
Gosvetfitosluzhba of Ukraine reminds that "February 16, there were seized and killed (burned) all pigs of private farms in the village of Neznanova, Navahrudak district, Hrodna voblast of Belarus." According to the statements by the Ministry of Agriculture of Belarus and the Department of Veterinary and Food Control of the Republic, these measures were taken in the exercise of ASF control.
"In case of ASF pathogen entry into the territory of Ukraine, there may also be banned grain exports, killed a large number of pigs, as well as more restrictive measures may be taken, thus, causing negative economic consequences," the Ukrainian Ministry.
The Ukrainian Gosvetfitosluzhba notes that Belarus and Russia have no customs and veterinary controls at border crossings due to the fact that the countries’ membership in the Customs Union. In Russia, in particular, there has been a difficult situation with the epizootic of African swine fever over the past five years, added in the Ukrainian Ministry.
"Given the significant number of outbreaks of this disease in the Central (the border with the Republic of Belarus) Federal District of Russia last year, the case in the village of Neznanova is likely to have been triggered by the entry of the ASF pathogen in the Republic of Belarus," suggested the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine.
The situation in Russia and the uncertainty about the ASF in Belarus pose a threat to biosafety in Ukraine, reported in Gosvetfitosluzhba.
Tuesday March 1, 2012/ Telegraf/ Belarus.