Support The Moscow Times!

Swine Fever to Cost $426M

Fighting African swine fever would cost up to 12 billion rubles ($426 million) over seven years, said Nikolai Vlasov, deputy chief of the country's food safety watchdog.

The program would include laboratories and incentives to encourage farmers to switch from pig breeding to other livestock, Vlasov said at a news conference Monday. The money would come from federal spending, agency spokesman Alexei Alexeyenko said.

The virus is mostly in Russia's Southern and North Caucasus federal districts. About 17,000 pigs died or were slaughtered this year in Russia because of the disease, on top of 60,000 last year, according to the agency.


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.