“Piggery farmers in Honiara are fearful of the African swine flu (AFS).
“Recently the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) raised the alarm of the AFS currently affecting pigs in Papua New Guinea.
“Mr Paul Damry a pig farmer says this is a threat to farmers in Solomon Islands. Damry has more than two hundred pigs on his farm. He says he is worried because the ASF is a threat to his pig farm, especially the speed in which it kills.
"The African swine flu is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic pigs with high rates of mortality or deaths in the countries reached.
"It is in Africa, Europe, Asia and our neighbour, PNG. Once it reaches Solomon Islands it not only affects pig farmers but also our livelihoods,’’ Mr Damry said.
“He says preventing the disease from entering the country should be priority."
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