LEBUS / COTTBUS (dpa-AFX) – In the fight against African swine fever (ASP), a security zone on German soil as an alternative to a common white zone with Poland is under discussion. Such a zone is currently being discussed with the federal government, explained the head of the crisis team, State Secretary for Consumer Protection Anna Heyer-Stuffer on Thursday in Lebus near Frankfurt (Oder). There, at the wild boar barrier, she and Uwe Feiler, the State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, got an idea of the situation.
“The border countries, especially Brandenburg, bear the brunt of the containment of the ASF in Germany and the aim of preventing the further spread of the epidemic to the west,” emphasized the State Secretary. She described the epidemic as stable. The common goal remains to interrupt the chains of infection through the measures taken. The animal disease has been rampant among wild boars in Germany since September 2020. It is harmless to humans, but it is usually fatal for domestic pigs.
Pig farmers from East Germany had to appeal to the Chancellor for help Angela Merkel (CDU). She should make the fight against the spread of the animal disease a top priority and coordinate it. The federal states and districts did not act “fundamentally and with the necessary assertiveness” against the epidemic, according to an open letter from the five pig farmers’ associations from Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Thringen.
According to the information, the construction of a solid fence along the Brandenburg-Polish border is almost complete. However, according to the police, it happens again and again that parts of the protective fence are stolen. In the Uckermark, the police have started to engrave Zune to protect against theft.
The National Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute, has confirmed further ASF cases in Brandenburg. A total of 846 ASF cases have been detected so far./na/DP/fba