Amidst the second wave of the Kovid-19 pandemic, African Swine Fever (ASF) has engulfed pigs in Mizoram. Due to this, more than 5,000 pigs have died in different districts of the state. Chief Minister Zoramthanga said through social media that Mizoram is concerned about its livestock sector. Pig farmers are troubled and their economic condition is at stake.
Tagging the Prime Minister’s Office and Union Donor (Development of Northeast Region) Minister Jitendra Singh, the Chief Minister said that the state was struggling with its livestock sector. In the
High alert in northeastern states
According to officials, out of 11 districts of Mizoram, currently nine districts have reported ASF outbreaks. He said that till now 120 deaths of pigs have also been reported abnormal, but the cause of death is yet to be ascertained. There are outbreaks of various diseases including ASF, foot and mouth in animals almost every year in different states of North Eastern Region. Following the outbreak, the northeastern states have issued a high alert and asked people, especially piggers, to refrain from bringing pigs and piglets from other states and neighboring countries, especially Myanmar.
Tribals love pork
The annual pork turnover of the Northeast is around Rs 8,000-10,000 crore, with Assam being the largest supplier. Pork is one of the most common and popular meats consumed by the tribals and non-tribals of the region. According to experts, pigs are commonly affected by classical fever, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, in addition to ASF, which was first detected in Kenya in 1921. According to some experts, humans are not infected with ASF, but they can be carriers of the virus.