By: Hao Hsueh-ching, Chiu Chun-chin and Shih Hsiu-chuan
Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) Local hog farmers should process pigswill at a temperature of
90 degree Celsius or higher for an hour or shift to the use of crop-based feed ingredients to minimize the chance of an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Taiwan, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Sunday.
Lai made the remarks when inspecting an animal husbandry farm in Qingshui District, Taichung where he was briefed on the heating equipment used to treat leftover waste and other biosecurity measures at the farm.
About 80 percent of 239 hog farms in Taichung feed waste human food to their livestock, according to Wang Chun-hsiung (王俊雄), head of the Agriculture Bureau of Taichung City government.
Although Taichung accounts for only a small proportion of the country’s pig farms, which total about 7,500, the city is critical in guarding against ASF because it is situated in the middle of Taiwan, Wang said in his briefing. [FULL STORY]