(Yicai Global) Nov. 21 -- China's agriculture ministry has stepped up its measures to prevent new outbreaks of African swine fever.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs issued eight new rules today regarding the disease that has struck more than 30 separate farms in mostly eastern Chinese provinces. One of the major moves is that the ministry will strengthen its supervision of pig transport between different provinces.
Farmers may not delay or hide information of new outbreaks, issue false test reports, fraudulent health certificates, or dispose of sick animals. Local animal husbandry departments are responsible to see that the new rules are obeyed.
Dozens of provinces in China including Liaoning, Henan, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Shanghai, Sichuan have reported cases of the highly infectious disease. Over 30 Chinese regions have banned cross-provincial transportation of hogs.
Editor: Emmi Laine