Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the African Swine Fever (ASF) affected the livestock sector in 11 districts of Mizoram by killing 10,621 pigs since March this year.
The pig farmers of the state incurred huge financial losses amounting to Rs 117 crore so far after the death of 10,621 pigs due to ASF.
Meanwhile, Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department Minister K. Beichhua held a high-level review meeting over the death of a large number of pigs and decided to financially help the pig farmers.
“Various strategies including culling and isolation of infected pigs, massive sanitisation of the pig habitations and shelters, awareness among all pig farmers have been taken to prevent the death of the pigs,” the official said quoted a news agency.
He said that the first pig death due to the contagious disease was reported on March 21 at Lungsen village in southern Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar but subsequently spread in all the eleven districts.
According to the official, among the state’s eleven districts, Lunglei and Aizawl districts have borne the brunt of the ASF.
The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying under the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in an advisory to various states alerted against the ASF.
The central government’s advisory said that ASF is a highly contagious disease of pigs – both domestic and wild and the mortality rate may be as high as 100 per cent.
After the outbreak, the northeastern states have sounded high alert and asked people, especially owners of piggeries, to refrain from bringing pigs and piglets from other states and neighbouring countries, specially from Myanmar.
The northeast’s annual pork business is worth around Rs 8,000-10,000 crore, with Assam being the largest supplier. Pork is one of the most common and popular meats consumed by tribals and non-tribals in the region.