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MIZORAM

Pig imports banned in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai bordering Myanmar

Announcement comes following a report that outbreak of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome is not fully contained and is still prevalent in the state

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Import of pigs and piglets has been banned in southern Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district bordering Mynamar following a report that the outbreak of Porcine reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is not fully contained and is still prevalence in various districts of the state.

An official statement on Sunday said that the order issued by Lawngtlai district deputy commissioner and district magistrate Shashanka Ala banned import of pigs and piglets from neighbouring states and countries and also prohibited export of pigs to outside from the district.

The order was issued on March 20 and will be valid for two months, the statement said.

The district magistrate also asked all pig rearers to immediately bury their dead pigs deep underground. Rearers were asked not to sell ailing pigs and meat sellers were asked to only sell healthy meat.

Pork is the favourite meat of Mizo tribal and it is largely consume for Saturday and Sunday meal.

The order was issued as a preventive measure for further spread of the diseases in the district as well as other parts of the state. Any violators are liable to be punished under section 188 of IPC, the order said.

PRSS and Classical Swine Fever (CSF) have hit all Mizoram’s eight district last year killing more than 2000 pigs.

In 2013, more than 3,000 pigs and piglets were died and over 4,000 pigs killed due to the outbreak of PRRS in 2016.

PRRS is caused by a virus known as arterivirus, which can be propagated through respiration, intercourse and artificial insemination. As there were no vaccine for the viral diseases, drugs to prevent secondary bacterial infections were administered to the sick swines, state animal husbandry and veterinary department officials said.