Mizoram seeks Central assistance to compensate pig farmers for ASF
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Aizawl: As many as 4,848 pigs and piglets have died in an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) since its recurrence from February this year, according to data released by state animal husbandry and veterinary department on Sunday. 

On Sunday, 39 pigs died due to ASF and 11 others, who also died the same day, are suspected to be infected with the pig disease, the data said.

So far, 4,077 pigs have been culled to prevent further spread of ASF in its recurrence and 11 of them were culled on Sunday, it said.

Altogether, 641 pigs have died due to pig diseases suspected to be of ASF and the actual cause of deaths are yet to ascertain, it said.

The highly contagious pig disease has currently affected 68 villages and localities in nine out of eleven districts, the data said.

Earlier, state animal husbandry and veterinary minister Dr. K. Beichhua had said that the state government would soon declare the ASF outbreak as a state disaster.

He hopes that farmers, who lost pigs due to ASF will be compensated for their losses once the outbreak is declared a disaster. 

The minister had also said that the Centre has already released funds to compensate the culled pigs and assistance would be released once the state government meets its matching share, which is 50 per cent of the fund sanctioned by the Centre.

The outbreak of ASF was first reported at Lungsen village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district near the Bangladesh border on March 21 last year. 

The outbreak was believed to be caused by pigs illegally imported from the neighbouring state, according to officials.

As many as 33,417 pigs had died due to the outbreak of ASF 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 further spread of ASF the same year.

Initially considered more or less contained as no pig death due to ASF was reported since December last year, the highly contagious pig disease resurfaced in February this year.

Mizoram has already banned import of pigs and pork products from other states and countries on April 2.

Mizoram shares inter-state boundaries with Assam, Manipur and Tripura and international borders with Bangladesh in the west and Myanmar in the east.

Also read: Mizoram’s COVID positivity rate doubles to 14%

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