An opposition parliamentarian on Monday asked the government to reveal the extent of the spread of African Swine Fever (AFS) in affecting pork prices around the country.
AFS is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease that affects both domestic and wild pigs. Hundreds of millions of pigs have died from AFS in neighboring countries, particularly in China, over the past recent years.
A letter released on December 7 by Thailand Veterinary Dean Consortium (TVDC) expressed concern in increased mortality rates of pigs to the Department of Livestock.
Padipat Suntiphada, a Member of Parliament from the Move Forward Party, told Thai Enquirer that the government should admit the truth that there is an outbreak in the country.
“The government must tell the truth to learn about the epidemiology, and for further research,” Padipat said.
Padipat said it’s time for the government to take action for its mismanagement.
Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the government spokesman, told the press that if there was an outbreak the information would be made available to the public.