Ukrainian FAO Experts Held a Series of ASF Trainings in Moldova
A two-day simulation exercise, a training on biosecurity for private sector and workshop for hunters were held on 23-26 May within the frame of Regional Program on Animal Health under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
During 2022, Moldova notified an increased number of outbreaks of ASF in domestic pigs (from 2 in 2021 to 15 outbreaks in 2022), including an outbreak on the largest commercial farm.
The FAO team of experts, which included Vitaliy Bashynsky, Senior Veterinary and Animal Health Specialist, and Oleksandr Revnivtsev, Animal Health and Transboundary Diseases Expert, focused on demonstrating and practicing response measures to an ASF outbreak on a pig farm and implementing ASF control measures in wild fauna. Given the critical importance of farm biosecurity in preventing the virus from entering the farm, Mr. Bashynskyi conducted a one-day biosecurity training, sharing best practices from leading Ukrainian pig producers.
Around 50 participants were trained over the course of the four session days. The audience was most interested in the issues of restoring pig farms after a stamping out (elimination of livestock due to the ASF outbreak), protocols for cleaning and disinfecting production facilities, principles of conducting an anti-epizootic investigation, etc.