Ulan Bator, – Mongolia has imposed a quarantine regime in seven provinces, for an indefinite period due to an outbreak of a highly contagious animal disease affecting sheep and goats.
Khayangaa Bolorchuluun, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, while introducing the country’s winter preparations during a meeting of the parliament session on Friday, said; “as of today, the outbreak of highly infectious animal diseases is relatively calm in our country.’’
According to the minister, due to the outbreak of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and goat plague, a total of 22 locations in 15 soums (administrative subdivisions), of seven provinces have been quarantined.
The livestock sector is a main pillar of the Mongolian economy with around 70 million heads of livestock in the country, with a population of around 3.4 million.
The country’s National Statistics Office stated that sheep and goats accounted for the majority of all livestock at the end of 2021, with 46.2 per cent and 39.3 per cent respectively.