Russia's Krasnodar region restricts movement of live pigs over swine fever

Russia's southern Krasnodar region has imposed restrictions on the movement of live pigs, setting up police checkpoints in a bid to stop the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), the regional agriculture ministry said on Friday.

There were 10 outbreaks of ASF, a highly contagious fever among pigs, in Krasnodar last month, according to Russia's agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor which proposed on Thursday to quarantine the entire region.

Analysts have said a quarantine in the region, which is a major grain exporter via its Black Sea ports, could limit the transportation of grain due to concerns the fever could be transmitted via animal feed.

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The Krasnodar ministry said, however, that the latest safety measures had not affected the movement of grain in the region.

The measures include a ban on the sale of pork produced by small farms at farmers' markets and the strengthening overall veterinary surveillance in the region.