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

Guwahati: Revising its earlier order, the Assam government has now confined the ban on transportation and slaughter of pigs and sale of pork and pork products to six districts of the state in view off the reported ‘high mortality and unusual death of pigs.

The six districts where the prohibition will be applicable with immediate effect and until further orders are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Jorhat.

As per an order issued on Sunday, the state’s animal husbandry and veterinary department has prohibited the transportation of pigs for slaughter for consumption or any other reason with immediate effect. “All domestically reared pigs shall be confined to the present location and will not be relocated on any pretext to any other location,” the order said. The transportation of pigs from outside and to the state has also been barred.

As per the order, transportation and distribution of pig feed from one farm to another in the affected districts has also been strictly prohibited.

Slaughter for consumption of pigs and sale of pork and pork products is immediately prohibited in the affected districts till further orders, the order added.

The order issued by Assam’s animal husbandry and veterinary department

Meanwhile, the state government clarified that the African swine fever virus must not be confused with the H1N1 virus as the former affects only pigs and has no chance of spreading to human beings. However, in light of the severe attack, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal held a meeting on Saturday with top officials and scientists of the animal husbandry and the veterinary department and directed to conduct an inquiry into the matter.

Additionally, late on Saturday night, samples were airlifted in a chartered flight to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal for further information into the matter. The results will be declared after 48 hours.

Assam has over 21 lakh pigs in the pig farms (both domestic and commercial) which are looked over by about 7 lakh families becoming the state with the most farmed pigs in the country.

Over 1,300 pigs have died across the affected districts of Assam due to swine fever in the recent past.

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