UPDATE 1-Togo will cull pigs amid African Swine Fever outbreak, govt says

By John Zodzi

LOME, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Togo will cull pigs in farms across much of the north and ban their transport following infections linked to an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

The movement of pigs, pork products, breeding equipment and feed within infected areas in the prefecture of Tandjoare will be suspended for six months, the ministry said in a statement.

All affected pig farms will be disinfected and banned from keeping pigs for six months to break the chain of infection, the government said, adding it will give compensation to all farmers whose animals will be destroyed.

ASF is not dangerous to humans but is fatal to pigs. A massive outbreak in China, the world’s biggest pork producer, and elsewhere in Asia led to major changes in global pork trade flows. (Reporting by John Zodzi, Writing by Hereward Holland; Editing by Edward McAllister and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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