Negeri Sembilan Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Action Committee chairman Datuk Bakri Sawir has claimed that all pigs housed at 19 unlicensed farms in Kampung Baru Site A, Tanah Merah, Lukut, Port Dickson, were believed to have been taken out of the farms.
The farm owners had taken about 2000 pigs infected with ASF (African Swine Flu) located near the farms to unknown locations, according to him.
The authorities were not informed or alerted of the movement of the cattle.
On April 9, it was reported that ASF was detected at a farm in Kampung Baru Tanah Merah Site A, Port Dickson. The cost involved to cull the 273 ASF-infected pigs on April 13 was approximately RM20,000.
Several days later, the Negeri Sembilan Veterinary Services Department (JPVNS) conducted checks on 19 farms but the diseased pigs were nowhere to be found.
“We do not have any proof all the pigs had been culled,” he said.
Currently, investigations are ongoing and legal actions will be taken against those involved.
Bakri also said JPVNS had already carried out checks along the main routes where the 19 illegal farms were involved, and has since urged the public to make a report if anyone is found trying to sell the infected pigs below market price.
Last year, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Jeffrey Kitingan stated that he was afraid that ASF was going to demolish the declining population of the Bornean bearded pigs after nearly 130 bearded pigs were found dead in Sabah upon contracting the illness.
Fortunately, following an earlier report, JPVNS confirmed that the disease does not pose direct threats on humans.