At the end of every year the Association of Pig Breeders of Ukraine traditionally makes public «Top list of the biggest pig producers». 2015 is no exception. Names of the Five remain unchanged but the pig breeding TOP-5 has outlasted structural modifications:
African swine fever (ASF) is no more an exotic disease from A-list of International Epizootic Bureau but the reality of Ukrainian pig farming. Despite the considerable amount of information about ASF, there are more questions than answers. Spanish expert, member of Animal Health Research Institute, doctor Mateo del Pozo helped to find them during the meeting with pig producers organized by Zoetis Ukraine.
Over the past year 38 ASF-troubled places were found in Ukraine. Backyard farms are prevalent in number of outbreaks (6 — wild boars, 31 — backyard animals). During 2015 several oblasts reported about cases of ASF: Chernigiv — 13 cases, Sumy and Kyiv — 6 cases, Mykolaiv — 4 cases, Rivne, Odesa, and Poltava — 2 cases, Zhytomyr and Cherkasy — 1 case each. The quarantine measures are still being kept in 14 ASF-unfortunate points in Kyiv, Chernigiv, Sumy, Odesa, Mykolaiv and Cherkasy oblasts.
Oleksandra Bondarska, Analytical Department of APPU
At the situation created on the pork market at the beginning of the year it is difficult to evade panic. Devaluation of hryvhia, lightning-like growing price on raw materials, gasoline, veterinary drugs… For how long does the black streak last?
Year 2014 became the challenge for Ukraine that redounded upon the native pig breeding. In such conditions only the most effective can be sure of tomorrow. How not only to stay afloat but also to continue developing business in a challenging time told the executive director of Rantie, LLC Dmytro Dubovykov.
Based on materials of Remco Shriver Report «Recommendations on improving Ukraine’s Pig Industry Regulations».
We are living in the time when complaining that something «wrong» is not enough, we must act, and there are opportunities of reforms! This principle was used by the Association of Pig Producers of Ukraine, when it applied to the project «Agroinvest» USAID to involve International Expert on veterinary medicine and public health protection Remco Shrijver for analyzing the situation in Ukraine. As a result of ten days staying in our country he has provided recommendations directed at harmonizing the legislation of Ukraine with the EU requirements in three areas: veterinary-protection zones and sanitary breaks, approval documentation, rules for importing pigs from other countries. Here is short version of his report.