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Report: Vietnam culls nearly 5 million pigs due to African swine fever

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Vietnam has been forced to destroy around 4.7 million pigs in the country to contain an outbreak of African swine fever that continues to spread in the Southeast Asia region, according to a report from Reuters Friday.

“We have culled around 4.7 million pigs and, as you can see, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has confirmed that the outbreak has now spread to all 63 provinces and cities” in Vietnam, said an official with the country’s Animal Health Department.

Pork accounts for 75% of total meat consumption in Vietnam, with most of the consumption being domestic pigs.

The US pork industry has been reckoning for months that the African swine fever outbreak in southeast Asia would dramatically boost US pork exports, but such has yet to occur--mainly due to China trying to avoid purchasing agricultural products from the US amid its trade war with the US.

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