SA pork industry on high alert, but local market 'still safe'

African Swine Flu has now hit four South African provinces and is starting to have an effect on the price of pork.

The devastating illness has led to China culling more than one million pigs. And now there are reports of it in Free State, North West, Mpumalanga and Gauteng provinces.

A few weeks ago agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo stated that South Africa does not need to be concerned. He chats to Kieno Kammies about the latest situation and maintains his view.

I think from the South African side there isn't much to worry about.

Wandile Sihlobo, Agricultural economist

Sihlobo says some of the pigs affected were wild pigs which are not used for human consumption while other domesticated pigs on the affected farms were quarantined.

The industry is on high alert but everything coming into the market as far as I can tell is still safe for consumption in South Africa.

Wandile Sihlobo, Agricultural economist

The African Swine Flu is not dangerous to people but rather kills the pigs, but that meat should, however, still not be coming to the market.

Wandile Sihlobo, Agricultural economist

It is pushing up pork prices as it is linked to the global story.

Wandile Sihlobo, Agricultural economist

Listen to the interview below:


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