TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An association of young pig farmers in Taiwan will stage a demonstration in Taipei on Jan. 17 to request the government to totally ban feeding kitchen leftovers to pigs as they are concerned that the practice might bring African swine fever virus to Taiwan, according to a Central News Agency report on Sunday.
The association chairman Guo Jia-yu (郭嘉育) said that even though African swine fever has reached an alarming level in China, Taiwan has not seen a case of the animal disease, the report said.
Guo said that as African swine fever can spread via kitchen leftovers, the planned demonstration has only one goal, and that’s to appeal to the country’s Council of Agriculture (COA) for banning the practice of feeding leftovers to pigs.
He added that many pig farmers still have appalling memories of the scenes of the pig culling amidst the foot-and-mouth disease that ran rampant in Taiwan more than 20 years ago.
In response to the association’s demonstration plan, COA Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) said that the agency had ordered 1,155 pig farms which use leftovers as pig feed to change to using fodder in a week or face closure.
The deputy minister said the remaining 357 are pig farms certified for using heated kitchen leftovers to feed pigs. He said that the unsettling factor the pig farmers are concerned about has disappeared, and he wondered why they still planned to stage the demonstration.