Russia recovering from AFS epidemic
The southern part of Russia was hit by the disease in 2008–2012, with the pig population reduced by nearly 60%, from 1 million to 320,000. The population now increased by around 18% to 459,000 heads.
Russian veterinary body, Krasnodar Krai’s struggle against ASF could spread to other regions. Additional impetus to the revival of pig farming in Southern Russia is likely thanks to the new federal law on the confiscation of agricultural land from companies which are not using it in accordance with the veterinary laws. The new rules also allow new farm land to come into use for an additional 497,200 pig heads.
The expectation is, that by 2020 the pig population of the region can be nearly back to full and restored to nearly the origin quantity. At same time, the main per formance indicators of the industry will be much higher than in 2008. ASF has changed the way the regional pig industry operates. Previously, it accounted for 45% of small farmers, using outdated technologies and with low levels of efficiency.