African swine fever hits Assam again; sale of pork banned in Darrang

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Guwahati: At a time when all of the state is battling for the lethal Coronavirus, Assam’s piggery sector is now battling for survival with the spread of incurable African swine fever (ASF) that has killed over hundreds of pigs in Darrang district of Assam, a government outline claimed.

Following the issue, the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Branch has been forced to put a three-month ban on slaughter, sale and consumption of pork from the affected areas.

The three-month ban on slaughter, sale and consumption of pork was once imposed in Akalibari, Borompur and Bahjani villages with instant effect.

The above-mentioned areas have been declared as ‘Infected Zone’ by the branch.

As per the usual operating procedure (SOP), the branch has also advised the pig farmers inside 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 inside a 10-km radius of Akalibari.

In a similar way, in Bokakhat under the Golaghat district, no less than 246 pigs died because of African swine fever since June.

Meantime, the state minister of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Atul Bora raised concern over the issue and urged pig farmers in Bokakhat to remain vigilant of the situation.

“After the death of pigs because of ASF in Darrang district, the government will take essential measures to contain the spread of the disease to other districts. I also urged the pig farmers must remain vigilant all over this period,” said Atul Bora.

The minister also informed that so far there was no restriction in shipping or export of pigs from other states of the nation.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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