"Even in the light of the last ministerial meeting of the Operational Group of PSA experts, which was held on January 10, the Piemonte reiterates the importance of not placing obstacles in the way of carrying out hunting activities to depopulate wild boar”: this is what the regional councilor for agriculture Marco Protopapa argued when speaking at the meeting convened by the Province of Alessandria on the containment of African swine fever. The Extraordinary Commissioner Angelo Ferrari, the Extraordinary Commissioner for the province of Alessandria Giorgio Sapino, the representatives of the main hunting associations, the territorial hunting areas of the Alessandria area and agricultural associations were present.
"As a Region we have requested this meeting on the management of the African swine fever emergency so that the Province, with the veterinary services and hunting associations, can make a strategy in order to organize the containment and monitoring activities of the ASF", added Protopapa ". also declaring that "we need a single point of reference who can coordinate all the bodies involved in the emergency and funds are needed from the bodies themselves".
Meanwhile, the African swine fever surveillance and eradication plan adopted by Italy for 2023 has been published on the Ministry of Health website, which has several objectives: to protect the national pig herd from the virus; prevent the infection from spreading and being transmitted from feral pigs, where it is currently only present, to domestic pigs; contain the infection within the current infected areas (Piedmont, Liguria, Lazio); progressively reduce the viral circulation area also through the installation of artificial barriers or strengthening of natural barriers in order to contain the populations of infected wild boars that spread the virus with their movements. The Plan was sent to the European Community for approval and admission to co-financing of the expenses incurred for the implementation of the measures in force in the event of disease in wild boars and/or pig farms (source: Piedmont Region).