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Romanian Farmers Panic Over Order to Contain African Swine Fever

  • Government’s order on crop destruction causes confusion
  • Nation reported almost 550 outbreaks since July 31: ANSVSA

An outbreak of African swine fever in Romania has fueled panic among local farmers after the European Union’s second-biggest corn grower issued confusing statements on what to do with crops in infected areas.

The Agriculture Ministry last week ordered the destruction of crops in areas where wild boars were found to be infected. The country, also a key wheat exporter, later sought to clarify the rules, saying farmers don’t have to destroy crops and that areas where infected boars are found dead will be quarantined.