Update on import export regulations and restrictions in relation to ASF in Myanmar
On August 14, 2019 Myanmar, became also victim of ASF - African Swine Fever - in Southeast Asia. The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI/DG-LBVD) reported then to the OIE 3 suspected outbreaks of ASF in the eastern and northern parts of Myanmar (Shan State), which borders to China in the north, Thailand in the south and Laos in the east.
The first outbreak involved 65 susceptible pigs of which 12 died of ASF and 53 were destroyed. The second outbreak involved 3 susceptible cases with no deaths. The third outbreak indicated 60 susceptible pigs which 2 tested positive and died of ASF, 58 pigs were destroyed.
Government alerts to local pig breeders and pig farmers
DG-LBVD gave notice to local pig breeders and pig farmers to pay special attention to carry out strict biosecurity measures on their farms, to do regular systematic chemical spraying in pig farms and slaughter houses, to inform and to collaborate with the nearest veterinarian administration offices in case of any unexpected deaths of wild or domestic pigs.
Government restricts imports of pork from aboard
19 August 2019, Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD), MoALI organized a meeting with partner departments and all cooperation partner groups and organizations to encourage for prevention and controlling measures in current ASF attacked area and preventing its spread.
9 September 2019, an ASF disease prevention and control committee was founded in the capital of Myanmar, Naypyitaw, and discussed regulations to restrict import of pork and pork products from abroad. At present, Myanmar restricts pork meat, pork products and live pigs imports from all ASF affected countries.
Thailand and China ban pork from Myanmar
After an official announcement came out from Myanmar, Thailand banned the import of pigs from Myanmar for 90 days (expected to end in November). It covers live pigs, wild boars as well as carcasses and pork from Myanmar, to prevent the disease from spreading into Thailand. China also banned the import of pigs, wild boars and related products from Myanmar over concerns about African swine fever.