On November 26, the Rosselkhoznadzor representatives took park in the third meeting of the Standing Expert Group for ASF in Asia under the auspices of the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) that took place in Ho Chi Minh City.
The meeting was started with the welcome speech of the representatives of the receiving party–Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien and Head of the State Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr. Pham Van Dong.
The representatives of China, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Laos and other states that have faced ASF, shared the information about the current epidemic situation in their countries, strategies for outbreak control as well as food resupply policies and other issues of concern.
On behalf of the Russian party Advisor to the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor Artyom Daushev presented a report on " ASF control and eradication measures. Regionalization, compartmentalization and electronic certification in the Russian Federation". The Advisor to the Head of the Service informed in detail about the long-term experience of ASF control in Russia as well as the main mechanisms for disease containment and at the same time rapid development of pig industry, and promotion of pig products to export markets. Delegates from other countries were recommended to pay special attention to the need for vertical national coordination of control and prevention of ASF entry and spread as well as to the relevance of Federal veterinary regulations both newly introduced and updated. It was also noted that it is necessary to improve the competence of veterinary services, to build a reliable and effective system of surveillance and control with implementation of electronic systems into practice as the main qualitative tools of regionalization and compartmentalization at the national level, recommended by the OIE. Particular attention was paid to the importance of risk informing and international cooperation within the framework of expert interaction at all levels.
In addition, the representatives of ASF infected countries showed interest in the technical aspects of eradication measures and methods of bloodless slaughter used for control of African swine fever outbreaks.
Within the review of the recommendations and results of the previous meetings of the Standing Group of Experts for ASF in Asia, the topics of surveillance for early detection of African swine fever virus, biosecurity and border control, and the use of disinfectants were discussed. During the discussion the experts strongly opposed the use of illegal vaccines against ASF, practiced, according to open source of information, in some Asian countries, as this can lead to catastrophic changes in the epidemic situation due to uncontrolled mutation of the virus.
In addition, special attention was paid to the specifics of the ASF epidemic situation in the EU, the ASF global strategy of communication between the OIE member-states, regional and global initiatives, problems and needs of consumers and producers of pig products.
Within the framework of this event, the Rosselkhoznadzor will also hold several meetings with colleagues from a number of veterinary services of the Asian countries, where the issues of export of the Russian livestock products will be discussed.