African swine fever: Fence construction on th...
African swine fever

Fence construction on the Polish border is progressing

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The construction of the game protection fence on the German-Polish border is progressing.
The construction of the game protection fence on the German-Polish border is progressing.

GERMANY, Berlin. The construction of a game protection fence in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern along the German-Polish border is making good progress. Meanwhile the German organization FLI has now confirmed a total of 103 cases of ASF in dead wild boar.

Further dead wild boars were discovered in Brandenburg, where the German organization Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) has confirmed the presence of African swine fever (ASF), which is fatal for animals. This now brings the total number of cases of the disease to 103 animals. As reported by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, all wild boars come from the first core area in the Oder-Spree district.

During a visit to the seaside resort of Ahlbeck, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Till Backhaus, explained that the construction of a wild boar fence in his federal state along the German-Polish border is progressing well. Since construction began in July, about half of the total distance of 62.5 km has been completed, the SPD politician said.

"This section on the beach is a challenge over a length of around 80 m. We need a solution which minimizes visual disturbance of this popular beach section and restricts visitor traffic as little as possible", explained Backhaus. This would be achieved by gates that allow people and rescue vehicles to pass through. "It is clear to me that this section must also be closed to wild boars. This will make it much more difficult for wild boar to move from Poland to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and to introduce the virus that is rampant in Poland", the Minister stressed.

To ensure that the fence could be completed by the end of November, four companies had been commissioned to build the fence, which had previously been erected by employees of the State Forest Service. In addition, this barrier would also have to be constantly monitored and maintained; an employee would have to be constantly available for animal welfare-compliant operation in case animals were to have an accident here. Backhaus called for unity regarding the fight against ASF in Brandenburg. Such an animal disease could only be successfully combated if everyone worked together and supported the necessary measures.

Source: fleischwirtschaft.de; AgE
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