The meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture of Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldavia, Germany, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary with Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, on African Swine Fever (ASF) was held on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Prague.
Photo. Participants of the High-Level ASF Conference
The Polish party was represented in the conference by Undersecretary of State Rafał Romanowski, Chief Veterinary Officer Paweł Niemczuk and Director of the National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy, Professor Krzysztof Niemczuk.
The participants of the conference discussed the current situation on ASF prevalence as well as the activities preventing further spread of the disease and its control plan.
The conclusions from the conference agree that due to the nature of the ASF virus, it is necessary to establish international cooperation at the top political level in order to solve the issue of trans-boundary nature of this pig and wild boar disease. Considering the fact that the key role in transmission of this disease at large distances is played by human factor, tackling smuggling should be improved and all entry points should tighten the personal property control in order to limit the illegal movement.
The participants of the meeting agreed also that the activities in the area of awareness campaign addressing the groups of particular risk should be extended in order to reduce the risk and, in context of technical aspects, cooperation with the neighbouring countries under the Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TAD) should be continued.