AUSTRALIA is helping Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste in their battle to respond and recover from the African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said Timor-Leste received AU$180,000 (about K455,238) “and PNG an extra AU$205,000 (about K518,466) to combat the effects of the highly contagious virus and mitigate future outbreaks”.
“PNG has been battling an ASF incursion since March 2020,” he said.
“We understand how the animals play a vital cultural and economic role in both countries and the serious effects these outbreaks are having on their communities and livelihoods.
“With Australia’s support, the Timor-Leste and PNG governments can continue the fight against ASF and other important animal diseases.
“Timor-Leste will use funds to increase linkages between animal health extension officers and farmers and encourage the adoption of ASF-safe pig farming practices.
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