Ukrainian FAO Experts Held a Series of ASF Trainings in Moldova


A two-day simulation exercise, a training on biosecurity for private sector and workshop for haunters were held on 23-26 May within the framework Regional Programme on Animal Health under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). 

During 2022, Moldova notified an increased number of outbreaks of ASF in domestic pigs (from 2 in 2021 to 15 outbreaks in 2022), including an outbreak on the largest commercial farm. 

The FAO team of experts, which included Vitaliy Bashynsky, Senior Veterinary and Animal Health Specialist, and Oleksandr Revnivtsev, Animal Health and Transboundary Diseases Expert, focused on demonstrating and practicing response measures to an ASF outbreak on a pig farm and implementing ASF control measures in wild fauna. Given the critical importance of farm biosecurity in preventing the virus from entering the farm, Mr. Bashynskyi conducted a one-day biosecurity training, sharing best practices from leading Ukrainian pig producers.
Around 50 participants were trained over the course of the four session days. The audience was most interested in the issues of restoring pig farms after a stamping out (elimination of livestock due to the ASFoutbreak), protocols for cleaning and disinfecting production facilities, principles of conducting an anti-epizootic investigation, etc.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) aims to reduce poverty and hunger in the world by developing agriculture, improving nutrition and addressing food security (access to food for all at all times). It was founded in Quebec on October 16, 1945. The motto is "Helping to build a world without hunger".

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is an international financial institution that provides assistance to countries from Central Europe to Central Asia to carry out market reforms and actively integrate their economies into international economic relations. The headquarters is located in London.

 Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders is a non-profit, voluntary organization founded by domestic pork producers. The main goals of the association are to represent and protect the rights and interests of the association's farms, promote the development and implementation of new technologies for efficient pork production, expand sales markets, and protect the domestic market.

During 2021-2023, FAO and the EBRD are implementing the program "Animal Health, Food Safety and Quality Assurance Programs in Ukraine and Moldova". The main components of the program are (i) improving the control of the epizootic situation, with a focus on transboundary animal diseases, in particular African swine fever; (ii) reducing the risks of antibiotic resistance; and (iii) establishing agricultural production and supply chains in the context of the war in Ukraine.