Two cases of PSA
The strategies to combat the spread of African swine fever in the Emilia-Romagna area and the activities to reduce the presence of wild boars were at the center of the meeting that the regional councilor for Agriculture and hunting Alessio Mammi held with presidents and representatives of the Provinces of Emilia-Romagna. At the moment, two cases of African swine fever have been recorded in wild boars found dead in the municipality of Ottone, as indicated by the Piacenza section of the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. The discoveries occurred not far from previous ones in other regions, therefore the risk zonings were not changed.
How to avoid the spread of the virus
“Efforts must be increased - explained the councilor - to avoid the spread of the virus which could entail countless costs for the pig sector. The Region has allocated, through the Rural Development Program and other tenders, resources of over 7 million euros to support interventions in the pig sector. And a new tender is being prepared, again with Rural Development resources, which will allow the biosecurity levels of farms to be raised with another 5 million euros". “But above all we need greater incisiveness in containing the presence of wild boars - continued Mammi -, for this purpose we have allocated resources from the Regional budget to the Provinces during 2023 and 2024, which through the Police bodies are directly responsible for coordination and of the implementation of species reduction activities in the most problematic contexts".
The councilor indicated the timing for the next interventions: in these days the map of the major critical issues will be sent again to the Provinces, as the entity to which the legislation assigns the task of implementing the wildlife control plans, asking them to present the strategies to be implemented on a local scale, in particular with regard to the use of: bioselectors and assistants, traps, cages and manhole covers, the objectives in terms of number of animals killed, confirming the Region's commitment to supporting with additional resources and tools the plans identified by the Provinces. As regards the two million euros that the Regional Council had decided to make available in December 2022 to the Extraordinary Commissioner, Vincenzo Caputo, he announced only a few weeks ago that they will no longer be used for the construction of the fences, the Region has therefore decided to focus on reducing the presence of wild boars, through the tools that the commissioner ordinance allows.
The Region's strategy
The territorial operational groups of Parma and Piacenza were also convened, coordinated by the extraordinary commissioner and trained by technical staff from local authorities, to share the strategy to be implemented. The Region's strategy for combating African swine fever. The health situation has been monitored through the analysis of the possible evolution of the spread, providing for the necessary measures and exemptions so that, through an efficient alarm system, it is possible to intervene on specific situations, limiting as much as possible the effects that the spread of the virus can have on production and marketing. Specially observed are livestock farms, for which it is necessary to continue investing in increasing biosecurity, both in terms of physical protection and in the training of farmers. Regional control plans for wildlife are operational in all the provinces of Emilia-Romagna, for which the Region has made 1,1 million euros available to the Provinces, divided as follows: 600 thousand euros for 2023 and 500 thousand euros for the following year (source: Emilia Romagna Region).