Mizoram to declare swine fever outbreak as ‘state disaster’

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Since March 2021, more than 37,000 pigs have died as a result of ASF, resulting in significant financial losses, official  said.
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Assam: Tinsukia administration bans movement of live pigs, pork products amid ASF outbreak
Assam: Tinsukia administration bans movement of live pigs, pork products amid ASF outbreak

Guwahati: Mizoram’s government is likely to declare a ‘state disaster’ as a result of an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has killed over 37,000 pigs.

According to the sources, official said on Tuesday that Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has granted his nod to declare the outbreak a state disaster.

A formal announcement is likely to be made soon. Over 50 villages in seven districts of the state have been affected by the ASF.

Since March 2021, more than 37,000 pigs have died as a result of ASF, resulting in significant financial losses, official  said.

To prevent the infection from spreading further, at least 14,174 pigs have been culled.

However, since February of this year, 3,890 pigs have died and 3,264 have been culled owing to ASF, official added.

The government has received funds to compensate farmers for their culled pigs, according to the State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary minister K Beichhua.

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