Pig farmers decide not to protest after COA meeting

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 12, 2019
By: Chien Hui-ju  /  Staff reporter

More than 500 hog farmers who planned to stage a protest against the Council of

A veterinarian examines pigs at a farm in Taoyuan on Wednesday.
Photo provided by Taoyuan City Government’s Animal Protection Office

Agriculture’s (COA) policy regarding the use of leftovers in feed have dropped their plan, after they came to an agreement with council officials on Thursday.

The Young Hog Farmers Alliance earlier this month said it would stage a protest in Taipei on Thursday next week to push the council to ban the use of leftovers in pig feed to prevent the transmission of African swine fever.

COA Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) previously said that the council was hesitant to impose such a ban, because it was concerned that the disposal of leftovers would become another problem, and its priority was to ensure that farmers disinfected leftovers as required.

Farmers are required to heat leftovers at 90°C for at least one hour, the council said.

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