Tuesday, September 10, 2019

ASF disrupts Ghana’s plans

African Swine Fever killed 56 pigs in a harbour in Ghana, disrupting plans for a rural development initiative.

They died in the harbour city of Sekondi-Takoradi and the Effia-Nkwanta municipality.

The outbreak came just before the distribution of a sizeable number of pigs as part of the recently-launched Rearing For Food and Jobs policy.

Following the outbreak, the Regional Director of Agriculture S. Y. Apiiga requested that instead of pigs, sheep and goats should be sent to the region because of the outbreak.

The last reported ASF outbreak in Ghana was in Cape Coast, in the Central Region, in July 2018 when 898 pigs were culled.