24 pigs dies of African Swine Fever

SHILLONG, Aug 13: The government on Thursday confirmed that 24 pigs have died due to African Swine Fever in Meghalaya.

It may be mentioned that the State government recently sent samples of the death pigs were to sent to North East Region Disease Diagnostic Lab at Khanapara, Guwahati for testing.

Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that so far the state has recorded 73 cases of death of pigs even as he informed that the samples of another 49 pigs have been sent for testing.

Tynsong informed that during the review meeting held on Thursday, the government decided that if there is any cases in any places of the state such ara will be declared containment zone.

“We will not allow people to slaughter or sell pigs. This decision was done to contain further spread in the piggery farms,” the Deputy Chief Minister who also holds the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department said.

He also reminded that a few months back, after the state recorded mortality of pigs it banned inter state as well as inter district transportation of pigs.

According to him at least 12 villages in the districts of East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills and Ri-Bhoi have reported death of pigs.

Tynsong said that he suspects that the disease could have spread from Assam.

It may be mentioned that a few months ago Arunachal Pradesh and Assam reported cases of African Swine Fever.

Meanwhile, the review meeting also decided to identify a dedicated place to accommodate street hawkers.

The task of identifying such a place has been entrusted to the State Chief Secretary.

The review meeting also discussed on the reopening of yoga and gym/aerobic centres.

The government has directed the Deputy Commissioners to make a decision on the matter and issue a notification accordingly.