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Russia’s Krasnodar Closes Roads Because of African Swine Fever

August 16, 2012

Russia’s southern Krasnodar closed roads to block movement of some food due to African Swine Fever.

The ban applies to pork goods and produce such as root vegetables, Krasnodar’s regional administration said in a statement on its website today. It may be extended to transportation of other products if the virus continues to spread, Eduard Kutygin, deputy governor and Krasnodar’s agriculture minister, said in the statement.

Krasnodar is Russia’s main grain growing region, and accounted for 12 percent of last year’s national crop with 11.4 million metric tons, according to the state statistics data. It is also Russia’s main grain exporting route through Black Sea ports.

“Essentially, this won’t affect grain exports at all,” Alexander Korbut, vice president of Russia’s Grain Union, said by phone from Moscow today.

More than 100,000 pigs died and have been slaughtered in the past two weeks in southern Krasnodar because of the virus, according to the regional government. The so-called quarantine regime will run for two months, Kutygin said.

The virus has no vaccine and is deadly for pigs and harmless for humans, according to the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization. Since 2007, it has affected 307 Russian areas, caused 540,000 hogs to be slaughtered and resulted in farmers getting 1.7 billion rubles ($53 million) in compensation, according to the food safety agency known as Rosselkhoznadzor. Krasnodar is the most affected in Russia, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow at msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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