Mizoram Northeast

Mizoram pig farmers lose Rs 120 crore after ASF outbreak

Mizoram has been facing huge economic losses after the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) which has killed over 11,000 pigs in the state.

Since March the contagious ASF is continuing to wreak havoc among the livestock in Mizoram affecting all 11 districts and killing around 11,000 pigs badly affecting the business, taking the financial loss to the tune of Rs 120 crore so far.

Around 10,000 Myanmarese have already taken refuge in Mizoram after military seized power in Myanmar on February 1.

Since October last year, several inter-state border skirmishes have taken place along the 164.6 km Mizoram-Assam border forcing the Central government to deploy central forces along the frontiers of the two neighbouring states.

During a recent virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of eight northeastern states, Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga mentioned that for the past few months Mizoram also had to bear the brunt of African Swine Fever, which has killed thousands of pigs and caused huge losses to livestock farmers of the state.

Zoramthanga also mentioned that the military junta overthrowing the democratically elected government of Myanmar in February, thousands of Mizos who lived in Myanmar crossed over and sought refuge and shelter in Mizoram.

About the author

Team News Move

Leave a Comment