Yangon March 18
Pork consumption has declined in downtown Yangon due to the outbreak of African swine fever in neighbouring China, said secretary of Sunjin Myanmar Co Ltd Dr Win Hlaing Oo.

“The business has slowed down in downtown, but the consumption remains normal in outskirts suchas Hlaingthaya and Shwepyitha.

Even if there is decline, it might be small. African swine fever is not infectious to people. It is only infectious to animals,” he said. “It is even safe to eat the infected pig after cooking it at high temperature,” he added.

‘‘The price of pork has declined by Ks-200 per viss due to the African swine fever scare,’’ said secretary U Aung Soe Min of Myanmar Swine Breeders and Producers Association.

The Commerce Ministry has suspended import of frozen pork and swine products following the outbreak.

‘‘Though it is not infectious to people, it can cause serious financial losses to swine farms, which therefore need to increase their biosecurity,’’ said the statement of Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.

Since August, China has reported over 100 outbreaks of African swine fever in 28 of its provinces and regions, and has culled hundreds of thousands of pigs.