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China strengthens pig transport tracking to control animal diseases

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China will step up regulation of pig transport to further curb the spread of African swine fever, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

As of July 1, companies and individuals transporting pigs will be required to register their basic personal information with a mini-program on WeChat, which will be managed by national animal disease control authorities, the ministry said in a statement released on June 12.

The transport information for each pig will be linked to data from its respective quarantine certificate, allowing authorities to better track the animal and reduce the risk of spreading African swine fever, the ministry said.

China has been applying big data and other information technologies to improve the efficiency of animal quarantine supervision. A separate statement from the ministry of agriculture on Friday encouraged local officials to use information technology to control disease at all stages, from breeding to slaughtering animals.

Thanks to strict control measures, the number of reported cases of African swine fever has been decreasing since the end of 2018, noted Han Changfu, minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, in May.

Source: Notícias Agrícolas