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ASF Update: PNG, mitigation and preparation

ASF confirmed in Papua New Guinea

Australian pork producers remain on alert following confirmation this week the deadly virus African swine fever (ASF) has caused the death of hundreds of pigs in Papua New Guinea.

Australian Pork Ltd CEO Margo Andrae said the detection of ASF in PNG reinforced the importance of the ongoing ASF mitigation work between the pork industry, government and other stakeholders.

“We can’t afford any weak links in our defence against ASF. All aspects of monitoring at the border are critical, but so is the work by producers to strengthen on-farm biosecurity and the cross-agency collaboration being led by National Feral Pig Management Coordinator, Dr Heather Channon.”

Latest ASF mitigation report released

Federal Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud met with the Inspector-General of Biosecurity last week to discuss the IGB’s latest report, the Adequacy of preventative border measures to mitigate the risk of African swine fever.

Minister Littleproud said with the spread of ASF around the world, including to our neighbours Timor-Leste, Indonesia and now Papua New Guinea, our biosecurity is more critical than ever.

“Australia already has strict measures in place to prevent ASF from hitting our shores, however it is important that we regularly assess and improve the measures we have in place” Mr Littleproud said.

Being prepared for African swine fever

With African swine fever (ASF) now confirmed in Papua New Guinea, exotic disease planning and training on-farm is essential. When planning for an ASF outbreak, producers should consider which aspects of everyday operations may need to be strengthened further. This may include cleaning and disinfection procedures, staff education sessions, equipment checklists and vector/pest control management.

Producers need to consider on-farm biosecurity improvements to make a property ‘ASF proof’ and how pigs might be managed/housed on farm for a week with no off-site movements.

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