Bali authorities are now saying that the deaths of hundreds of pigs across the island due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) as “unconfirmed”. Over 800 pigs have died on the island in the past 2 months but lab tests are currently being conducted by the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry with results expected to be out within 3 months.
The speculations on the African Swine Fever outbreak is hurting the Bali pork industry and farmers who are depending on pig farming for a living. Farmers are complaining of low demand especially in light of the upcoming Galungan holidays, which will reach its peak on the 19th of February.
Bali Agriculture and Food Security Agency head Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana said that his team is monitoring all pig farms on all matters related to the outbreak. He added, “There are currently no more sudden deaths reported.”
The Agency has confirmed that Bali-bred pigs are safe to consume and that whatever illness plaguing the pigs is not contagious to humans.
No pigs have been culled as of Friday and pork prices in the market remain normal, the Bali Agriculture and Food Security Agency reported.