Bulgaria: A Case Study of Industrialization and ASF

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Bulgaria’s swine industry is experiencing widespread changes in an era of commercialization, but African swine fever (ASF) is causing changes of its own.

A Sept. 9 report from the Global Agricultural Information Network shows a shift from backyard to commercial production. Additionally, Bulgarian pork consumption rose 13% from 2014 to 2018, and domestic production grew faster than imports.  


The current outbreak of ASF in Bulgaria may accelerate the trend away from backyard production and towards commercial production. To date, 20% of the