African Swine Fever Awareness Campaign 2019-07-02


 

Media Release

 

01 July 2019                                   

 

AFRICAN SWINE FEVER AWARENESS

 

Following the outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) reported in the North West, Gauteng, Free State and Mpumalanga Provinces, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) will be embarking on roadshows and awareness campaigns to meet with farmers/pork producers, affected communities and the public at large.

 

The Directorate: Food Import and Export Standards: Animal Health Promotion together with the Provincial Departments of Agriculture in collaboration with the Pork Producers Association will be conducting the African swine sever awareness campaigns to educate farmers/pork producers on the prevention, transmission and spread of the disease. These will encompass information on the risk of feeding pigs kitchen waste/garbage, risk of buying from unknown sources, public health risks, symptoms, prevention and control of African swine fever.

 

ASF does not affect humans and the consumption of pork is safe. However, any meat and products from affected pigs can be a source of infection to other pigs. Farmers should therefore ensure that, if any swill is fed to pigs, the swill must be pre-cooked for at least an hour. This will ensure the inactivation of the ASF virus, as well as other diseases of concern.

 

Quick facts about ASF:

  • Prevention is better than cure
  • There is no vaccine for ASF
  • There is no treatment for affected pigs
  • It kills almost all infected pigs
  • The disease is transmitted by:
    • Contact with infected wild or domestic pigs
    • Ingestion of contaminated material (e.g., food waste, feed, or garbage)
    • Contaminated fomites (people, vehicles, equipment, shoes)
    • Biological vectors (soft ticks)

 

Farmers/pork producers are requested to be vigilant and to report any sudden illness and deaths of their pigs to the local State Veterinarian.

 

These awareness campaigns are arranged for the following selected provinces, the other provinces will follow in due course:

 

Province District Area Date Time Activity
Free State Xhariep Springfontein

Fauriesmith

04 July 2019 10:00 ASF Presentation
Mangaung Bloemfontein 03 July 2019 10:00
North West Bojanala Rustenburg 15 July 2019 10:00
Dr Kenneth Kaunda Klerksdorp 16 July 2019 10:00
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Taung

 

Vryburg

17 July 2019 09:00

 

13:00

Ngaka Modiri Molema Zeerust

 

 

18 July 2019 13:00

 

 

Free State Thabo Mofutsanyane Vrede

 

Memel

22 July 2019 09:00

 

13:00

Harrismith

 

Warden

23 July 2019

 

09:00

 

13:00

QwaQwa

 

Fouriesburg

24 July 2019 09:00

 

13:00

  Ficksburg

 

Ladybrand

25 July 2019 13:00

 

09:00

 

 

For technical enquiries contact:

Dr Mpho Maja on 012 319 7615/   or Priscilla Matsafu on 012 319 6004/  

 

For more media enquiries contact:

Mr Chris Khonkwane

Acting Director: Communication Services

Cell: 082 856 7573

E-mail:

 

Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development