Wednesday, July 12, 2006

KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) Update Report

The INPC have released another notice by the All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association about the recent KHV outbreak. They state that the Koi breeders names and their farms shall remain anonymous to protect their reputation and livelihoods. This is not some sinister coverup but hopefully to stop the spread of untruthful scare stories. They want the dealers to continue buying from the farms in question as all infected koi have been culled, with breeding now continuing as normal. With all koi proving disease free with regular testing and isolated in pockets of lots of different ponds, there shouldn't be anymore problems.

Even with the best measures put in place there will be koi buyers who will be put off and not feel reassured by the messages given. This is a difficult question do you come clean and risk losing everything, the reputation built over many years, or do you keep quiet and hope the storm blows over quickly. I think the best policy is probably to be as honest as possible and even use the situation to promote their koi by showing what is being done to eradicate the disease and provide KHV free koi. Momotaro koi in particular did a great job in turning things around when they got infected last year, and if anything they are now an even stronger brand.

INPC-Internation Nishikigoi Promotion Center


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