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Regular session of the commission, coordinating programme on measures of elimination and prevention of African swine fever spreading (ASF) in Armenia.

00:00 / 20.11.2007

Today at the regular session of the commission, coordinating programme on measures of elimination and prevention of ASF spreading in Armenia, chaired by the RA Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Territorial Administration of the RA, a decision was taken to approve the final forms of aid to be delivered (material aid or provision of pigs) to the suffered owners and present the corresponding decision to the approval of the RA Prime-Minister.

Both the situation in the republic must be thoroughly studied and figures on the cattle-plague must be clarified on the errand of the chairman of the Commission before December 12.

According to Davit Lokyan, Minister of Agriculture of the RA, the virus first occurred in Tavush marz in August 2007, as well as in Lori marz. Owing to the anti-epidemic measures taken, the spreading of the fever in other marzes was prevented. Quarantine services are being delievered in Lori and Tavush marzes. Isolated instances of ASF were registered in Ararat, Armavir, Aragatsotn and Kotayk marzes.

10 thousand pigs with ASF have been slaughtered already in the country. The total loss is 220 tons.

36 billion AMD has been allocated by the Governmnet for burial of the hulks and disinfection of the territory. Approximately 500 thousand USD will be alocated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; this will help to solve a number of technical problems.

The RA Deputy Prime-Minister also noted that experience of Georgia in this field will be also used.

Division of Public Relations of the Ministry of Territorial Administration of the Republic of Armenia

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