Yunlin county, a major center of pig-farming in Taiwan, has been taking the lead in measures against the possible arrival of African swine fever.
The county government prohibited the feeding of kitchen waste to pigs in late December. Neighboring Changhua county has since followed suit, also setting up an emergency response center and disinfecting its pig farms.
The government has made the threat of the disease arriving from China a top priority for 2019. But how has the situation so far affected Changhua residents, who love to eat soy-stewed pork with rice? One customer at a pork rice restaurant said he comes to eat the dish twice to three times a month. He doesn't seem to be worried. Another vendor of the popular dish is also not worried. He said he has faith in the government to keep a close eye on the situation.