COA circumspect as hog farms call for leftover ban

FODDER: Most of Taiwan’s 970,000 tonnes of food waste in 2017 was used as pig feed and firms would have to pay thousands for disposal in case of a ban, the EPA said

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 06, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The Council of Agriculture (COA) yesterday said it would not ban the use of kitchen

A sniffer dog yesterday checks a passenger at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as part of efforts to prevent African swine fever from entering Taiwan.  Photo: CNA

waste as pig feed, despite increasing calls from hog farmers and experts for a ban to prevent the transmission of African swine fever.

More than 280 hog farmers on Friday in a joint statement called on the council to prohibit feeding pigs leftovers.

Using leftovers to feed pigs is a backward practice and provides a hotbed for virus transmission, they said, urging the council to protect and upgrade the hog industry.

Instead of imposing an immediate ban, the council is encouraging farmers to switch to commercial fodder by providing subsidies and technical assistance, COA Chief Secretary Chang Chih-sheng (張致盛) told a news conference in Taipei.

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