Atul Bora urges Centre to withdraw directive allowing transportation of pigs to Assam

Almost 31 disease epicentres have been notified for the African Swine Fever in the State

Guwahati: State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister Atul Bora has urged upon the Union Minister of AH, Dairying & Fisheries Shandilya Giriraj Singh in a letter requesting him to withdraw the Centre's directive, which allowed inter-state transportation of pigs to Assam.

As per Government notification, it was stated that the inter-state movement of the pigs from states of Haryana and Punjab to the North-Eastern states is allowed subject to certain conditions.

The State Minister in his letter had stated that presently the entire state of Assam is badly affected with the impact of floods and the floodwaters are yet at the high-level marks and are expected to recede only in the early part of August 2020.

Bora also informed that almost 31 disease epicentres have been notified for the African Swine Fever in the state and as per standard protocol the entire one kilometre area is declared as a CONTAINMENT ZONE and as an extended area of 10 kilometres is declared as the buffer zone for surveillance where aggressive sampling and testing is done and the sale, transportation and rearing practices are closely monitored and regulated.

Moreover, due to the very high mean flood levels, the feasibility of deep pit burial for the disposal of the carcasses is not there, therefore, the decision to allow for pork or movement of live pigs from Haryana and Punjab is a seriously retrograde measure, Bora suggested.

The government of Assam is now taking extensive steps to educate the farmers on the focus for containment of African Swine Fever and also took harsh steps to prevent the sale of pork, transportation of pigs to ensure that there is no further spread of the disease, Bora informed.

Meanwhile, Bora also spoke to Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, on the recent directive of transportation of pigs to Assam from other states & the time frames in regards to the culling of pigs to contain ASF.

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