African Swine Fever menace: Mizoram bans import of pigs and pork products
Due to ongoing spread of African Swine Fever in the state the Mizoram government on Saturday banned import of live pigs, fresh pork and all other pork products, including frozen
Due to ongoing spread of African Swine Fever in the state the Mizoram government on Saturday banned import of live pigs, fresh pork and all other pork products, including frozen pork, from other states and other countries until further orders.
The state government confirmed that there were new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Champhai and Aizawl districts.
It said that the cases were detected in January and February this year, resulting in the death of several pigs.
Now, in an order on Saturday Chief Secretary Renu Sharma, as the chairperson, state executive committee, Mizoram State Disaster Management Authority, has ordered several preventive measures to address the issue.
The order states that animal husbandry & veterinary department shall ensure mandatory disinfection of pig-rearing premises and enforce strict hygiene measures and isolation of suspected pigs.
The state animal husbandry & veterinary department shall undertake to ensure safe disposal of pig carcass following the ‘National Action Plan for Control, Containment and Eradication of African Swine Fever’.
In addition, intensive physical surveillance and immediate reporting of any unusual mortality of pigs or wild pigs will have to be made through the department helpline on 0389-2336441, among others.
The order stated that the steps are being taken in accordance with the ‘National Action Plan for Control, Containment and Eradication of African Swine Fever’.
According to data released by state animal husbandry and veterinary department, 384 pigs and piglets have died so far since the last part of January. Of the 384 pig deaths, 64 in Champhai district were already confirmed ASF, it said.
Meanwhile, the fresh pig deaths were reported from 24 villages and localities across five districts. The ASF had claimed 33,417 pigs between March and November last year, causing monetary losses to the tune of Rs 60.82 crore.
A total of 10,910 pigs have also been culled to prevent the further spread of ASF last year.
First Published: 3rd April, 2022 12:32 IST
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