Nadège Dorival Montissol, Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development of Haiti; and Limber Cruz López, Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic. (Photo via IICA)

San Jose, 2 September 2021 (IICA). Limber Cruz López, Minister of Agriculture of the Dominican Republic, asked the countries of the Americas to join forces in fighting and preventing the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the region. He charged the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to support and execute initiatives to eradicate foci and contain the spread of the virus that is threatening the Hemisphere’s swine industry and the economic stability of small- and medium-scale farmers.

Cruz made his plea during the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of the Americas 2021, an event organized by IICA, and explained the actions his country has taken following the detection and notification of ASF in the country on 29 July.

He highlighted the exchange of information with neighboring Haiti, whose Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Nadège Dorival Montissol, also described their containment plans.

“Our government, from the agriculture cabinet, which is presided over by the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, has assumed the fight against this disease with a deep sense of responsibility and we are implementing the ASF continency and eradication plan with a comprehensive, decentralized focus and the widespread participation of the private sector”, commented Cruz.

Read more at: Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture