POLAND, Warsaw. Many dead wild boars are still being found in Poland. The situation also remains critical on the border with Germany.
The epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) in Poland continues unabated. The highest veterinary authority of the country confirmed alone in the past week further 107 discoveries of the highly contagious animal disease with altogether 222 wild pigs. Thus 559 cases have already been detected in the wild boar population since the beginning of the year. The only positive aspect is that no outbreak was recorded in a pig farm during this period.
The focus of the swine fever was also in the past week in the Voivodeship Lebus, which borders in the west on Brandenburg and Saxony. There, 85 finds of wild boar confirmed to have died of ASF were confirmed, according to the authorities. The risk of ASF entering Germany is therefore likely to remain high, regardless of the game fences erected along the border. To facilitate the hunting of possibly infected wild boar in the risk areas, the Brandenburg Ministry of Agriculture has therefore issued recommendations for action for spring sowing.
In it, the agricultural department advises, for example, that ecological priority areas be placed in the "white zones" designated by the authorities around the core areas. Crops that attract wild pigs, especially corn cultivation, on the other hand, should be moved to areas outside the core zone as much as possible. Within the core zone, summer cereals or grain legumes or other low-growing crops could be cultivated, the ministry recommends in the guide, which also contains detailed tips on the creation and funding options for hunting corridors.