Reuters reports that rotting carcasses of dead animals easily produce pathogens, but disinfection equipment is insufficient, the semi-official China Animal Agriculture Association said on its website, after the farms in the country were flooded. Tangyin County.
He also solicited donations of other disease prevention materials, such as veterinary drugs, vaccines and protective equipment, on behalf of local government authorities.
Heavy rains last week triggered the province’s worst flash floods in centuries, killing at least 71 people. More than a million animals have died and 1,678 large farms have been affected, according to official media.
“Large amounts of disinfectants are needed,” said an official from a pig producer who has farms in Henan.
The industry’s biggest concern was the potential for the disease to spread, said the director, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The floods hit small farms as well as businesses, he added.
The disaster came as China battles African swine fever, which has decimated its herd of pigs since it was first detected in 2018.
Heavy rains and flooding, blamed for new outbreaks of the disease last year, have threatened to derail efforts of the past two years to rebuild the herd.
In an effort to prevent the disease, authorities in Tangyin slaughtered more than 210,000 head of cattle, including 3,956 pigs, after flooding killed 380,242 animals in the area, the livestock association said on its website.
Tangyin produced 309,000 pigs at the end of last year, the local government said on its website, while Henan, with 43.11 million pigs produced in 2020, ranks third among producers in the country. .
Last week, the agriculture ministry advised local authorities on measures to prevent animal disease after the floods, including carcass disposal and disinfection.