Date: Dec 25, 2018
By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter
Starting from next week, hog farmers who use leftovers to feed pigs can apply for
government subsidies to switch to fodder or stop raising pigs as part of measures proposed to prevent African swine fever (ASF) from being transmitted through food, the Council of Agriculture (COA) announced yesterday.
Since China reported its first infection in August, the government has stepped up quarantine measures against the disease, including by opening a central emergency operation center last week, COA Acting Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲) told a news conference in Taipei.
The new municipal heads elected on Nov. 24 are to assume office today and Chen invited them to join a council drill simulating an ASF outbreak tomorrow.
At the event, he urged local governments to work with the council on disease prevention. [FULL STORY]