Over 1,300 pigs deaths have been reported in various districts of Assam in recent times

Shillong: Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong on Monday informed that the government has decided to stop the import of pork from outside the state with effect from Tuesday. This comes amid the death of over 1,000 pigs in neighbouring Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Tynsong said, “A few days ago, we received information from Assam and Arunachal Pradesh where pigs not less than 1,000 died in different farms. They died and we suspected that they have some kind of flu. Although I won’t say swine flu, it is some flu. The government of Assam has taken the samples and sent them for lab test, we will soon get to know the cause.”

In view of the development in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the government has taken a decision that importing of pigs from outside the state will be stopped from Tuesday till further order. The government has taken this decision in order to avoid any kind of pandemic.

Tynsong also advised that piggery farms, be it private or government owned, will have to be properly monitored. “Here’s an advisory to those who consume pork. Even for pork produced from within the state, they are to be consumed but only after cooking it properly, for minimum 30 minutes. That is the advice from the experts from veterinary department,” added Tynsong.

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