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South Korea's MAFRA orders 'standstill' in livestock mobility for 48 hours

Singapore — South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, or MAFRA, issued an order Tuesday for a country-wide "standstill" in the movement of livestock, the trucking of livestock and for people working at these farms to be quarantined for 48 hours, according to an official document seen by S&P Global Platts.

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The "standstill" order is with effect from 6.30 am South Korean time (2130 GMT) Tuesday and will end September 19, the document added.

On Monday, five pigs at a farm in Paju, near the border with North Korea, died and all 2,450 pigs have since been slaughtered to stem the outbreak, the document said. MAFRA is now investigating other farms.

ASF is a contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs, and while not dangerous to humans, the disease causes up to 100% fatality in pigs, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.

The disease has resulted in mass cullings and dented feed corn demand.

South Korea is now the eighth country in Asia where the virus has spread to.

The disease is reported in seven other Asian countries, including Mongolia, North Korea, China, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, according to the World Organization for Animal Health.

In Vietnam, ASF has caused animal feed demand to drop by 20%-30% in 2019 compared with last year, S&P Global Platts reported previously. Some feedmills in north Vietnam have suspended operations due to the drop in feed consumption, market sources said.

-- Elizabeth Thang, elizabeth.thang@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Norazlina Jumaat, norazlina.jumaat@spglobal.com