Opposition parties accuse government of cover up over African Swine Fever

Several opposition parties on Wednesday urged the government to take responsibility over the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and its effect on pork prices.

Authorities confirmed the detection of the first ASF case out of 309 collected samples from pigs on Tuesday.

Chonlanan Srikaew, the leader of Pheu Thai Party released a statement accusing the government of covering up the severity of the disease which has widely affected Thai consumers and caused the rise of pork prices.

“The government refused to inform people of a deep-rooted problems…and…the existence of ASF,” he said. “Its mismanagement resulted in increased pork prices.”

Chonlanan also said that the government’s decision to ignore a letter which was sent from Thailand Veterinary Dean Consortium (TVDC) regarding increased mortality rates of pigs, shows the government’s intention to cover up information.

Patcharakorn Aunnopporn, deputy party spokesman of Thai Sang Thai, told reporters that the cover up was gravely concerning.

Why does the government choose not to be transparent and continue to cover up the truth, he asked.

Seksakon Atthawong, Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office said that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha is asking for public cooperation and trust and to let the government resolve the issue.

“Please believe that the government is working to resolve the rise of pork prices,” Seksakorn said.

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