Cattle foot-and-mouth disease put under control

One reason is that some localities did not destroy all the animals infected in the previous outbreak. New livestock transported to the area may have also played a part in the new outbreak. Quang Tri’s Animal Health offices are now working closely with the authorities of the three districts and Dong Ha town to treat the disease with antibiotics, while ensuring that carcasses are effectively destroyed and that strict safety precautions are being taken in slaughter houses. Quang Tri’s provincial Animal Health Department has asked people to take the initiative in informing about further outbreaks of disease in order to deal with the epidemic more effectively.... [read more]

VNA Deputy General Director Le Duy Truyen (L) presents an insignia “For the cause of the Vietnam News Agency” to Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region Hoang Thi Hanh (Photo: VNA) Yen Bai (VNA) – The domestic and external information carried by the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) has been widely spread to authorities and people in the northwestern region, heard a meeting in the northern province of Yen Bai on February 26. The State-run agency’s media products such as the VNews TV Channel, the Tin Tuc (News) newspaper, and the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region pictorial have been warmly received by readers in the region, said Deputy Head of the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region Hoang Thi Hanh. VNA Deputy General Director Le Duy Truyen highlighted the significance of coordination between the agency and the steering committee in disseminating the Party’s policy and State’s law among domestic and foreign readers as well as popularising the image of local ethnic people on mass media. The agency will continue to promote information on the Resolution of the 12th National Party Congress and Resolutions of Party Organisations’ Congresses of cities and provinces, including those in the northwestern region, he said. The VNA will also pay special attention to key activities of the region’s steering committee, especially the development of the agro-forestry-fisheries economy, livestock, transport infrastructure, economic border gates and tourism, he said, adding that this aims to expand the region’s cooperation and investment opportunities. The Deputy General Director…... [read more]

BINH DINH (VNS)— Central Binh Dinh Province''s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is trying to convince its partner in the nearby Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to remove a ban on livestock imports. Last August, the Gia Lai People's Committee set a temporary prohibition on imports of cattle and poultry and their products or forest animals being raised as pets. The ban also applies to animals being transported through the province. Phan Trong Ho, director of Binh Dinh's agriculture department, said that the ban meant products from his province could not be transported through Gia Lai via National Highway 19 to other provinces in the region such as Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Kon Tum in the Central Highlands or Binh Phuoc in the central region. "This has caused lots of difficulties for providers of cattle and poultry products in Binh Dinh," Ho said. K'Pa Thuyen, director of Gia Lai's agriculture department, said that the ban was intended to stop diseases from entering the province and prevent the transport of illegally imported cattle and poultry from Laos and Cambodia. "When the situation calms down, we will consult the provincial People's Committee to remove the ban," Thuyen said. Officials in Binh Dinh Province rejected the excuse, saying that there was no disease in their province. Currently, there are 267,000 buffalos and cows, 678,000 pigs and more than 6.5 million poultry in Binh Dinh Province. Every month, some 10,000 pigs, 700 buffalos and cows and 30,000 poultry are transported to…... [read more]

Bac Kan Department of Trade and Industry was established in 2008 as the professional body playing an advisory role to the Provincial People's Committee on industry and trade. Over recent years, the Department has effectively performed its functions on assigned tasks, step by step overcoming challenges to grow significantly and substantially. In the first nine months of 2013, Bac Kan was facing numerous difficulties due to unfavourable weather conditions such as long severe flooding, affecting business and reducing revenue. The Bac Kan Department of Trade and Industry has closely followed firm guidance from provincial authorities, at the same time proactively watched the development of market as well as businesses' difficulties and problems, then giving advice and making suggestions for the Provincial People's Committee. The Department has also implemented many comprehensive measures to stabilise production and business development for enterprises, determined to meet all 2013's objectives. Specifically, in the industrial sector, the Department has regularly inspected and sped up the production of industrial projects; finding markets for industrial products, crafting products, in which focused on the Hanoi market and neighbouring provinces; deployed and completed 65 projects with total funding of VND2,112 million, an increase of 178 percent compared to the same period last year; generated over 100 million kWh of commercial electricity, up 6.19 percent over 2012's same period. Besides, the Department has advised the province on solving difficulties for some regional industrial and small crafting - industrial enterprises in inventory clearance, financial supports for advanced machinery and equipment to expand…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The city has confiscated tonnes of dead pigs that have been transported with no quarantine certificates, HCM City veterinary officials have said.  Photo baohaiquan On May 9, the Thu Duc Animal Quarantine Station in HCM City, in cooperation with traffic police, seized more than one tonne of dead pigs being transported from Dong Nai Province to the city. Last Saturday, the city's Animal Health Division announced that three samples taken from the dead pigs tested positive for blue-ear disease (also known as a porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus) and a hog cholera virus. The quarantine station has uncovered a total of 117 incidents of illegal livestock transport this year, according to its head Dang Thi Tuyet. Trucks were usually used to transport dead animals from northern and central provinces to HCM City for sale, Tuyet said. Most of the trucks carried dead suckling pigs from central provinces such as Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai, she said. On Sunday, the station confiscated 84 dead pigs and 14 dogs weighing a total of 1.04 tonnes. Seventeen of the pigs, all of them transported by a bus, were decomposing. The driver, who failed to show any documents related to the animals, said they came from Binh Dinh Province. In another case on May 12, officials at Binh Thanh Veterinary Station in HCM City discovered a vehicle carrying 190 kilos of pig breasts. The breasts, stored in six boxes, were rotting and had a bad smell. On April 2, the…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to monitor the bird flu epidemic and keep the public updated in a recent official document. Specifically, Nhan asked relevant ministries - including the ministries of health, public security, and industry and trade - to join hands in checking poultry products' safety and cracking down on illegal poultry transporting and trading. The Ministry of Information and Communications was instructed to spread information that will deter people from illegally importing poultry and submit results of this assignment to the Prime Minister before the end of this month. Nhan also asked provincial and municipal people's committees to cooperate with the Hanoi People's Committee to locate and punish violators. Director of the MARD's Animal Health Department Pham Van Dong on March 19 said that blue-ear disease, which strikes other livestock, has spread quickly in some central provinces, including Nghe An, Quang Nam and Quang Tri. In Nghe An province, nearly 400 pigs died reportedly. Dong blamed the spread of the disease for illegal livestock transporting and trading. He added that local authorities and animal health workers also neglected to take adequate preventive measures. Meanwhile, deputy director of the MARD's Livestock Breeding Department Nguyen Van Trong said that poultry prices this month have increased by 20 percent, leading small traders to use various tricks to illegally transport poultry and eggs to Hanoi. But this practice while tempting for individual traders also raises the risk of an epidemic. The…... [read more]

Veterinary staff destroy pigs infected with blue ear disease in Trieu Phong District, Quang Tri Province. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was asked to improve management of bird flu and blue-ear diseases outbreaks. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to monitor the bird flu epidemic and keep the public updated in a recent official document. Specifically, Nhan asked relevant ministries - including the ministries of health, public security and industry and trade - to join hands in checking poultry products' safety and cracking down on illegal poultry transporting and trading. The Ministry of Information and Communications was instructed to spread information that would deter people from illegally importing poultry and submit results of this assignment to the Prime Minister before the end of this month. Nhan also asked provincial and urban people's committees to co-operate with the Ha Noi People's Committee to locate and punish violators. Director of MARD's Animal Health Department Pham Van Dong on Tuesday said that blue-ear disease, which affects pigs, and foot-and-mouth disease, which strikes other livestock, had spread quickly in the central provinces including Nghe An, Quang Nam and Quang Tri. In Nghe An Province, nearly 400 pigs died reportedly. Dong blamed the spread of the disease on illegal livestock transporting and trading. Local authorities and animal health workers also neglected to take adequate preventive measures, he said. Meanwhile, deputy director of MARD's Livestock Breeding Department…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)-- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to monitor the bird flu epidemic and keep the public updated in a recent official document. Specifically, Nhan asked relevant ministries - including the ministries of health, public security and industry and trade - to join hands in checking poultry products' safety and cracking down on illegal poultry transporting and trading. He also asked provincial and urban people's committees to co-operate with the Ha Noi People's Committee to locate and punish violators. Director of the MARD's Animal Health Department Pham Van Dong said yesterday that blue-ear disease, which affects pigs, and foot-and-mouth disease, which strikes other livestock, had spread quickly in the central provinces including Nghe An, Quang Nam and Quang Tri. In Nghe An Province, nearly 400 pigs died. Dong blamed the spread of the disease on illegal livestock transporting and trading. Local authorities and animal health workers also neglected to take adequate preventive measures, he said. The epidemic struck more than 600 pigs in Thanh Hoa Province. Nearly 200 of them were culled. The Thanh Hoa Department of Agriculture and Rural Development asked commune authorities to isolate sick livestock, vaccinate healthy animals and set up quarantine stations. -- VNS... [read more]

  Accordingly, Son Tinh district is directed to conduct the purchase, transport, and slaughter infected poultry and animals in the province under the existing regulations set by the Government on varieties of livestock, to quarantine the livestock transported to ensure the epidemic under the control.   Earlier, in October 2011, the bird flu in Son Tinh district broke out rapidly with the total effected poultry of 21,000 raised in 18 households of 06 communes.   Minh Thien  ... [read more]

Livestock diseases continue to plague nation's farmers (18-03-2009) A farmer cares for his chickens in Binh Luc District in the northern province of Ha Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet HA NOI — Deputy Minister Diep Kinh Tan of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday asked Quang Nam authorities to prioritise prevention of blue-ear disease among pigs. Experts from the ministry would work with provincial authorities next week to discuss measures for controlling the disease, said Tan. The disease has continued to cause more difficulties in the central province over the past two weeks. Blue-ear disease had hit 31 communes in four districts, including Dien Ban, Que Son, Thang Binh and Duy Xuyen, he said. Health authorities have brought various disease outbreaks among livestock under control in 12 cities and provinces during the past two weeks, according to the Department of Animal Health under the MARD. Only eight provinces are still classified as affected. Under United Nations regulations, any area must be free of new outbreaks among livestock for 21 days before they can be declared safe. The northern province of Quang Ninh and the southern province of Bac Lieu were both hit by bird flu and blue-ear disease. Ca Mau, Soc Trang and Dien Bien provinces were also hit by bird flu, and pigs with blue ear disease were discovered in Quang Nam Province. Cattle in Bac Can and Kon Tum provinces were hit by foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious disease among some types of cattle. It…... [read more]




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