Agriculture Minister, Petre Daea, has requested in Brussels financial support for the Romanian farmers affected by the African swine fever and by the radical preventive measures that had to be made.
“I found it necessary, esteemed colleagues, to inform you and to take advantage of this meeting to request support, on behalf of my country. I have sent the two commissioners, Phil Hogan – Commissioner for Agriculture and Vytenis Andriukaitis – Commissioner for health and food safety, a request for financial support, in order to help the Romanian farmers affected by the virus and by the radical measures needed. Romania thus appeals to the EU financial support granted on the basis of Regulation no.652/2014 and Regulation no. 1308/2013,” Petre Daea to the EU Agriculture Ministers Council, capital.ro informs, quoting a release from the Agriculture Ministry (MADR).
Daea stressed that Romania is at war with the African swine fever on some 1,400 km at the European Union’s eastern border.
The National Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) confirmed early in July an African swine fever outbreak in a pig farm in Insula Mare a Brailei (Great Island of Braila – eastern Romania).
The farm is situated “in a relatively isolated area (20 km from the nearest locality in Braila County and 5 km from the Carcaliu locality in Tulcea County, between them being the natural barrier – the Danube, Macin channel), in Insula Mare a Brailei,” ANSVSA informs in a press release.
The outbreak has been notified to the European Commission and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Earlier, ANSVSA announced that all pigs at the pig farm complex in Tulcea County, where the African swine fever has been confirmed, i.e. 44,580 heads, will be slaughtered and the carcasses will be destroyed.
African swine fever was confirmed last year in Romania for the first time in a private household on the outskirts of Satu-Mare (north-western Romania).
MEP Laurentiu Rebega requested the European Commission to provide financial support to the farmers who have been affected by swine fever. He reminded that Polish farmers who faced the same problem received EUR 9.3 million last year from the EU.