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Entertainment Klöckner: Fence no guarantee against swine fever

19:10  23 september  2020
19:10  23 september  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Die Aufschrift: «Afrikanische Schweinepest bei Wildschweinen Kerngebiet» steht auf einem Schild an einem Baum. © Bernd Settnik / dpa-Zentralbid / dpa The inscription: “African swine fever in wild boar core area” is on a sign on a tree.

In the fight against African swine fever in Brandenburg, Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner supports a planned permanent fence to Poland, but warns against too high expectations.

"A fence can help," said the CDU politician. It is a component of prevention, but not a guarantee. “That is why it is so important that the countries take further effective measures”.

This included the increased search for wild boar carcasses and targeted hunting. There are now 29 confirmed cases of wild boars in the crisis area in Brandenburg. Domestic pigs are still not affected. The animal disease, which is harmless to humans, is also a topic at the meeting of the state agriculture ministers this Thursday and Friday in Saarland.

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In Brandenburg, preparations are underway for a permanent fence on the border with Poland, where swine fever has been circulating for months. Farmers and hunters who consider mobile fences to be inadequate also urge this. Klöckner welcomed the plans and promised general support. The federal states are responsible for the financing and securing of fences - solidarity-based financing through the entirety of the federal states according to an existing key is also possible.

But the minister opposed the idea that permanent fences could safely prevent the spread of swine fever. There are thousands of commuters and trucks that cross the borders from Poland and other countries with the animal disease every day. "Fences are never completely airtight, and urban areas are not fully integrated into the fence." In addition, swine fever can also be introduced into unaffected areas by humans at any time.

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The chairman of the state agriculture ministers, Saar department head Reinhold Jost (SPD), told the German press agency: "It is important that we are clear about the national scope of this challenge." Further solid wild boar protection fences along the border with Poland would be useful. "It would be desirable if this story could be implemented as seamlessly as possible." But that is sometimes difficult because private properties are also affected. Jost also called for intensive wild boar hunting, even at night.

On September 10th, the first nationwide case of a dead wild boar in Brandenburg was confirmed. Domestic pigs have not yet been affected in Germany. The state ministers support possible help mentioned by Klöckner - for example for storage at farmers or liquidity programs. It is now about "quick and targeted" damage limitation, said Jost. China, among others, as an important sales market, has imposed an import ban on pork from Germany. At the same time, Jost emphasized that it was important to reduce dependency on exports and, if possible, the number of animals in Germany. The regional economy must be strengthened in meat production in favor of more small and medium-sized enterprises.

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