Peru hosts regional meeting on Foot-and-Mouth disease eradication

Lima, Apr. 10. Peru’s capital Lima hosts the 41st meeting of the South American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Control Commission (Cosalfa) aimed at ensuring regional intervention actions for the total eradication of the said illness.

Peru's National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa), Jorge Barrenechea. Photo: Minagri

The Peruvian Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy, Cesar Sotomayor, will address the opening remarks of the meeting, set to be held at 11:00 local time at Hotel Sol de Oro, in Lima’s Miraflores district.

The Andean nation has been officially recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as free from Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD).

Therefore, this year’s edition of the event is organized by the Peruvian Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry alongside the country’s National Agricultural Health Service (Senasa).

Attending this year’s edition of the meeting are representatives from eleven countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay and Panama.

Probe on shrimp-killing virus urged - BusinessWorld Online Edition

A LAWMAKER pressed two government agencies to probe the spread of the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) in the fish pond industry.

  House Committee on Agriculture and Food Vice-Chairperson and Zamboanga City Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño (2nd District) urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in a statement yesterday to investigate the spread of WSSV and propose safety measures against it.

“Its presence is practically all over the Philippines as represented by the geographical location of the provinces that were attacked by said virus which are situated in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” Ms. Macrohon-Nuño said.

According to the lawmaker, the WSSV was detected in 2010, in fishponds in Cebu, Bulacan and Zamboanga del Sur.

“It has been reported that the normal harvest of 1 to 1.5 tons per hectare per fishpond has been down to 200 kilos (kilograms) or less because of the prevalence of the virus, thereby affecting the livelihood of the families dependent upon the fishpond industry,” Ms Macrohon-Nuño said.

Spain demands stricter phytosanitary controls on imports

FEPEX asked the Spanish MEPs to support amendments 76-85 in the European Parliament, so that a so-called reverse strategy, that allows for stricter phytosanitary controls on imports, could be adopted. This would entail adopting similar policies to those enforced by the countries most involved in the production and marketing of fruit and vegetables, like the United States and Brazil.

The current phytosanitary control system is based on a "negative list"; i.e., a list of the plants that have been prohibited or that must be subject to inspections at the time of import. Vegetables that are not listed are imported without any controls. However, in recent years, several previously unknown pests have reached Europe, which shows that the current legislation is not sufficiently effective.

Thousands more Norwegian farm salmon escape in latest incident -

More than 47,000 farm-raised salmon have escaped their cages in northern Norway, the fifth such escape in two months. Environmentalists are warning that the country’s growing aquaculture industry could destroy native wild salmon stocks.

According to an article in the Norway edition of The Local, this latest incident occurred in the Alfjorden, north of Stavanger, at a farm owned by Alsaker Fjordbruk, a leading aquaculture firm, with several farms spread out along the Norwegian coast. Farm-raised fish are Norway’s second-largest export.

The incident has drawn the ire of the Green Warriors of Norway, a major environmental group opposed to aquaculture.

According to their website, the Green Warriors oppose aquaculture because of “contaminants in the farm fish, over-exploitation of wild fish to produce fish food, organized animal abuse, sea lice that kill wild Atlantic Salmon strains, and the vast organic pollution of the beautiful Norwegian fjords.”


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USDA-APHIS to Lift Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Federal Order

USDA-APHIS to Lift Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Federal Order


Press Release, Washington, DC—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is lifting the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) Federal Order that was first issued in 2006 in response to an outbreak of the fish disease in the Great Lakes region.  


Invermar manages to stop early harvest due to ISA outbreak - FIS

The Court of Appeals of Valparaiso accepted the request made by Invertec Pesquera Mar de Chiloe (Invermar) not to harvest fish from a farming centre infected with the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus.

The measure had been ordered by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca), following the detection of diseased salmon in January in the farming centre Traiguén 1 of the Salmon Concessions Group (ACS) 9 A.

The salmon company decided to appeal that decision as soon as it was decreed, and the Court has now agreed on that.

Invermar commissioned new checks to another laboratory, which indicated the absence of ISA virus from most cages.

Thanks to the no innovation order set by the Court of Appeals, the company is managing to save fundamental biological assets to obtain higher incomes, Diario Financiero reported.

All in all, Invermar continues facing a difficult financial situation. Industry sources claim that the company could go into default, as the creditor banks would not be willing to grant new loans.

Strong Bay Harvest Brought Few Undersized Oyster Violations | CNS Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — The number of oystermen cited or given warnings for having undersized oysters was at a five-year low this season, which some Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said is the result of a particularly strong harvest.

There were so many full-size oysters in the Chesapeake Bay this year because 2010 was an exceptional reproductive year and there has been low disease mortality since then, said Michael Naylor, the shellfish program director at the Department of Natural Resources.

“Now they’re reaching market size in great numbers,” he said.

When the oyster population is high, fewer oystermen feel the need to catch them when they’re still undersized, said Candy Thomson, Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman.

Naylor said the 2012-2013 harvest was about 340,000 oyster bushels and while this season’s numbers have not been fully tallied, he expects the number to be significantly higher. Maryland oyster season runs from Oct. 1 to March 31.

He said that the harvest in 2004 brought only 26,000 bushels of oysters across the bay.

Chilean industry condemns Invermar for overturning harvest order after ISA outbreak | Undercurrent News

Invermar may come to regret its successful protection claim in courts against a government order to cull all fish from a Traiguen farm affected by infectious salmon anemia (ISA), as the industry and the financial sector voice their strong dissent.

According to data from Chile’s department of fishing affairs, only two cages containing some 108,000 Atlantic salmon out of a total volume of one million fish were found to have a strain of the ISA virus.

The national fishing and aquaculture services issued a clear verdict, nevertheless: the Montanari family-owned company should have carried out an early harvest of that production center, located in the Chiloe island area.

A judge of the Valparaiso court of appeal has now sentenced otherwise, convinced by new laboratory proof from Invermar showing the outbreak had minor consequences.

But farms near Invermar’s contaminated site have criticized the way a sanitary problem has been turned into a litigation process to avoid ISA control injunctions.

Salmon farms: Correcting some inaccuracies - Western Star

Dear Editor: I am writing to correct several inaccuracies contained in Frank Gale’s story about compensation to salmon farmers that appeared in the March 24 edition of The Georgian and The Western Star.

It’s disheartening to see allegations about our industry presented as factual information, especially since salmon farmers were not given the opportunity to respond. Bob Diamond’s comments show a blatant misunderstanding about how farming works in Canada. Infectious salmon anemia is a naturally occurring virus that already exists in the environment. Farmers do not create infectious salmon anemia, they have to manage it, just like all farmers manage and protect their livestock and crops.

Salmon farming is a food-producing industry just like the beef and poultry sectors. Sometimes our animals are impacted by disease, just like cows, chickens. Agri-business compensation programs exist in Canada for the benefit of Canadians and for the protection of our food supply. They don’t exist just for salmon farmers. Cattle, poultry and pork farmers are also eligible.

Argentina to invest $7 billion in agricultural irrigation

The Government of Argentina, one of the major food exporters, said recently that it will invest approximately $7 billion in doubling the area of irrigated agriculture, which would then create 4.3 million hectares by 2030.

The plan aims to increase productivity of 2.2 million hectares that currently have no irrigation by 50 percent, after several droughts in recent years have affected the production potential of the country, the world's largest exporter of oil and soybean meal and the third of corn.

"The approach we propose, changes the strategic way how we see water. The goal is to duplicate the irrigated surface of our country, which implies the incorporation of technology, knowledge and use of knowledge and experience necessary" said Agriculture Minister Carlos Casamiquela in a statement.

The total number of hectares under irrigation in the current season is 2.1 million, which represents 6.1 percent of 34.2 million acres used for agriculture in the 2013/2014 season.


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