AGRICULTURE NEWS - With approximately 65% of South Africa’s commercial pig herd now officially registered with the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation’s (SAPPO) compartmentalisation system, the local commercial herd is now one of the healthiest in the world.
This was according to Johann Kotze, CEO of SAPPO, who explained that compartmentalised piggery operations had essentially “placed themselves under quarantine”.
“In our compartmentalised piggeries, it’s not a case that they have a notifiable disease and have quarantined themselves to prevent the disease’s spread. It’s actually for these piggeries to protect themselves from the impact of any notifiable or other diseases that may break out elsewhere in South Africa.”
Data presented by SAPPO showed that by 31 January, 104 piggeries and 57 sow units in South Africa were voluntarily participating in the compartmentalised system.