“We have asked department officials to submit a daily report of a new ASF outbreak to the board of directors in Aizawl. After obtaining the details of all affected districts, the number of pig deaths Exact will be known,” an AH & Vety official said.
Chief of Staff Renu Sharma convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday to review the situation and finalize strategies to prevent further spread of the infectious disease. The extremely contagious ASF was first detected in Lungsen village, Lunglei district in March last year and since then, it has spread to all 11 counties, claiming the lives of 33,417 pigs, affecting up to 33,417 pigs. over 10,000 families, causing a financial loss of Rs 61.
About 11,000 pigs were culled last year and compensation for culled pigs of up to Rs 12 crore has been sought from the central government.
Officials say that although ASF-related pig deaths have not been reported since December last year, new cases have emerged of late.
The northeast region’s annual pork business is worth around Rs 8,000-10,000 crore, with Assam being the largest supplier. Pork was one of the most common and popular meats consumed by tributes and non-courts in the region.