Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend S.Babayeva / Yolchu Khanveli, the Spokesman for the State Veterinary Service of the Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry, announced on 21 June that a ban made in June by Azerbaijan on the import of pork from Georgia will be in force for a year.
The State Veterinary Service at the Azerbaijani Agriculture Ministry imposed a temporary ban on the import of pork from Georgia on 7 June following reports by the International Epizootic Bureau on an outbreak of African plague among pigs in Georgia (Svanetia, Javakhetia, Abkhazia, Ajaria, Tbilisi, Kakhetia, Mchkheta, Imeretia, Guria and Kvemo-Kartelli).
Khanveli said that even if quarantine is lifted in these territories, it would be right and secure to maintain the ban on import for a minimum of one year.
Though pork is not in high demand in Azerbaijan, all Azerbaijani veterinary border units are operating with medium security to prevent the infiltration of the virus to the country.
The vet official assured that all vehicles coming from Georgia are disinfected at the border. The pigs are kept in closed premises in farms. The situation in the country is stable in this respect.