Since the beginning of August 2018, China has been affected by the feared Africa Swine Fever. Despite strict measures to prevent the disease, it has now spread to one of the pig farms in which IFU and the Danish Agribusiness Fund are investors.
The affected pig farm in Heilongjiang in northern China was established recently in compliance with the highest standards for bio safety and with strict measures for handling of transport, personnel and animal feed from the outset.
– From day one we have monitored the situation closely in cooperation with our partners and tried to prevent the disease from spreading to our livestock, said Otto Vinther Christensen, Vice President, Agribusiness in IFU.
IFU is currently working with the local management and the Chinese authorities to handle the outbreak, including slaughtering and destruction of the animals, disinfection of the stables, etc.
– We are naturally very frustrated that we were unable to keep the swine fever away from Heilongjiang. But now that it has been confirmed, we follow the procedures determined by the Chinese authorities for handling of animals, personnel and buildings once a breakout has been confirmed, said Otto Vinther Christensen.