Hundreds of pigs have reportedly died due to African Swine Fever (ASF) in Assam’s Darrang district, forcing the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department to put a three-month ban on slaughter, sale and consumption of pork from the affected areas.
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Areas worst affected by the spread of ASF include Akalibari, Borompur and Bahjani villages in Darrang, which have also been declared an ‘Infected Zone’ by the department.
Hundreds of pigs have reportedly died in Assam’s Darrang district since June.
The Animal Husbandry department reacted to reports in local media and collected samples from different porcine farms, including Tirtha Boro’s in Akalibari village, where 80 pigs have died.
The department has imposed a 3-month ban on slaughter, sale and consumption of pork in Akalibari, Borompur and Bahjani villages.
The samples were tested at the NERDDL Animal Health Centre in Guwahati and the pigs were found to have died of African Swine Fever. Following the report, a team of Veterinary Department from Guwahati reached Darrang on Thursday and buried more than 20 pigs in Akalibari village.
The department has also imposed a three-month ban on slaughter, sale and consumption of pork in Akalibari, Borompur and Bahjani villages.
The department has also told pig farmers within a 1-km radius of Akalibari village to cull and bury their pigs to contain the spread of the disease. Pig farming and the sale of pork has been prohibited within a 10-km radius of Akalibari.
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