African swine flu wreaks havoc in Mizoram, 10,621 pigs killed, loss of Rs 117 crore

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African Swine Flu (ASF) has wreaked havoc on livestock in all 11 districts of Mizoram. Officials said on Friday that 10,621 pigs have died due to the disease since March. The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department of Mizoram says that the animal husbandry business has been badly affected due to African Swine Flu. Due to this infectious disease, there has been a financial loss of Rs 117 crore so far.

State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department Minister K. Nettle held a review meeting to decide the financial assistance for the pig farmers. Steps are being taken to kill virus-infected pigs and isolate sick animals, an official said. Pig shelters are being extensively cleaned. An awareness campaign is being run among the farmers to prevent the death of pigs.

Officials said the first pig death due to the infectious disease occurred on March 21 at Lungsen village in Lunglei district of southern Mizoram. This area is adjacent to the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Later this disease has spread to all the districts. According to the report of news agency IANS, the Sala Pork business of Northeast is around Rs 8,000-10,000 crore. Assam is the largest supplier of this.

Experts say humans are not infected with African swine flu. Although they can be carriers of the virus. The disease was first detected in Kenya in 1921. At the same time, according to the report of the news agency Reuters, a large number of pigs have died due to African swine flu in China. It is known that about two years ago in 2018, swine fever killed half of the 400 million pigs in China.