Bulgarian pork to see spikes in prices
Pork prices in Bulgaria may go up by 50% in the following months as the culling of the pigs in the ASF infected areas may reduce the national pig inventory by 20%, according to an estimate presented by the Bulgarian Association of Meat Processors.
The minister of Agriculture, Dessislava Taneva, issued an order to begin a voluntary culling of pigs in the backyard farms following an outbreak in a large breeding farm of 17,000 head. The deadline for the voluntary culling expires on August 11 and after that food safety agency are instructed to impose compulsory culling for the pigs found in backyard farms. In 2018, Bulgaria was hit by the ASF virus following a long history of cases of outbreaks in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, Belarus, Poland and Romania.
According to the latest official data, almost 30% of the Bulgarian national pig inventory is found in the backyard farms. ASF is a disease that has no cure and affects only the domestic pigs and wild boars. In the last decade, the virus has spread from Russia to different parts of Europe and Asia.
According to the projection presented by Bulgaria's Association of Meat Processors, prices for pork may go up by 50% until the end of the year.
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