By: Yang Su-min and Flor Wang
Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Nearly 600 hog farms that feed their animals pigswill made from
leftovers have failed to make upgrades, shut down their operations or transition to crop-based feed, in line with a government order to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from reaching Taiwan, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said Monday.
“The central government has instructed local authorities to thoroughly investigate the 582 pig farms that have failed to abide by the government order,” COA Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城), who also serves as deputy chief of the Emergency Operation Center for African swine fever, told a press conference.
Out of a total of 1,930 hog farms across Taiwan that feed their animals pigswill made from leftovers, as of 9:00 a.m. Monday 736 had gained permission to continue doing so after improving or installing heating equipment, while 612 have shifted to crop-based pigswill, COA tallies showed.
Such equipment allows them to heat leftovers to 90 degrees Celsius for at least an hour to kill the ASF virus before using it as pig feed, as stipulated by the government.