The meeting with the extraordinary commissioner
A pragmatic comparison to deal with the emergency of African swine fever (ASF) and to secure Made in Italy animal husbandry, starting from the regions most affected by the disease. This was the theme of the August 1st meeting between Cia-Italian Farmers and the special commissioner for PSA, Vincenzo Caputo, held in the national headquarters in Via Fortuny and chaired by the president, Cristiano Fini, together with the CIA contact person for wildlife issues, Gabriele Carenini. During the meeting, CIA confirmed its willingness to collaborate with the institutions with the aim of eradicating the virus and illustrated the various critical issues that farmers face every day in the area. Of primary importance, rigorous protection and prevention measures on farms. To this end, more economic resources are essential for Cia to implement the biosecurity requirements on farms.
Wild boar slaughter
During the meeting, the commissioner declared the government's commitment to eradicate swine fever through the slaughter of wild boars from the infected area within 36 months, with the activity of bioregulators who will intervene in the operations. Caputo also asked for the collaboration of farms in terms of carcass management, to overcome the economic problem of disposal. For Cia, the extraordinary plan for the management and containment of wildlife soon to be issued must have as its objective the eradication of ungulates in agricultural areas and it is essential that depopulation actions are timely, concentrating in areas bordering those in restriction, in order to limit the spread of the disease and the enlargement of the infected areas.
Ungulates to reduce
“As reiterated in various circumstances, with the already well-known critical element on the ASF front late summer, we ask that all the tools to eradicate the disease be put in place - Gabriele Carenini intervened-. We need to drastically reduce the number of wild boars in circulation and we need to restart the companies that are stopped as soon as possible ". “The situation is very serious - declared the national president of CIA, Cristiano Fini - we need to act in a concrete way, before the circulation of national delicatessen products is blocked. We need to reduce the pressure of wild animals, organized and systematic culling throughout the territory is essential. Now, economic resources and the implementation of the provisions are needed, before the consequences are devastating for the entire pig sector on which 11 billion in turnover and 70 employees in the pork chain depend, and that the damage exceeds the entire value of national pig breeding". (Source CIA)