In response to the record-breaking damage caused by bird flu this season, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is strengthening measures against infectious diseases of livestock, such as requiring livestock farmers to comply with hygiene management standards with some subsidies. I decided to do it.

At a meeting held by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on the 19th to consider countermeasures for infectious diseases of livestock, bird flu occurred in 52 places in 18 prefectures this season from last fall to spring and was slaughtered. It was reported that the number of chickens slaughtered was about 9.87 million, both of which were the highest since 2004, when they were recorded.



On top of that, it was reported that the background to the spread of damage was that there were variations in hygiene management efforts among producers, and that outbreaks occurred one after another on large-scale farms, leading to delays in response.



In response to this, in order to strengthen measures against infectious diseases of livestock such as bird flu, CSF of infectious diseases of pigs, and classical swine fever, some subsidies require livestock farmers to comply with hygiene management standards. We also decided to ask large-scale farms to work with prefectures to develop a response plan in the event of an infectious disease.



At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Nogami said, "I would like to start reviewing the epidemic prevention guidelines as soon as possible based on the discussion," and expressed his intention to urgently review the guidelines necessary for strengthening countermeasures.

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