Serhat TUNAR -TDO-Denmark started building a 70km-long fence along its border with Germany on Monday in a bid to protect its pigs from disease-carrying wild boar.

Plans for the border fence were announced in March 2018 amid fears of African swine fever reaching Denmark, which could severely hamper the country's pork exports.

While African swine fever is harmless to humans and other animals, it is contagious and deadly among domestic pigs and wild boar.

The Danish government says cases of African swine fever are already present in several European countries, including Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

 “We have 11 billion good reasons to do everything we can to prevent African swine fever reaching Denmark. And now we can finally get started on erecting our wild boar fence," Denmark's Minister for Environment and Food JakobEllemann-Jensen said.

"The fence and our increased efforts to hunt wild boar will break the chain of infection so there is less risk of African swine fever spreading to Denmark."

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