“The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) through its Biosecurity division is scaling up its ‘African Swine Fever’ (ASF) preparedness efforts to contain any possible importation of ASF disease into the country.
“African swine fever (ASF) is a highly transmittable viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses.
“Director of Biosecurity, Mr Francis Tsatia said as part of the Ministry’s preparedness/awareness strategy they are making all efforts and taking necessary measures to ensure the country is protected from the virus-related disease.
“The good news is, ASF is not present in Solomon Islands, but there are reported cases recorded in Papua New Guinea (PNG) which is a concern to us and we must not take it lightly but take required measures to stop it from entering the country.”
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