Assam, a northeastern state with Coronavirus, is now preparing to tackle another problem, the African Swine Fever (ASF). This state has become the focal point of ASF and since February, about 2800 pigs have died in the state due to this virus. This virus is so dangerous that the death rate of pigs infected with it is 100 per cent. Assam claims that the virus has come from China just like the Novel Coronavirus. About 60 per cent of the pigs in China were killed between 2018 and 2020 due to ASF.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Department of Veterinary and Forests to work with the National Pig Research Center of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to create a comprehensive roadmap to save the state’s pigs from African swine fever.
After the outbreak of the ASF, an expert team was formed. Chief Minister Sonowal reiterated the need to control and control the spread of the virus to protect the boar industry from this attack. CM held a meeting with the doctors of ICAR and Regional Entrepreneurship Management Institute (RILEM) and discussed in detail the state’s fever and strategy to reduce the problem. During the meeting, Chief Minister Sonowal also asked the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department to take measures to prevent the outbreak of the virus.
He also asked the department to find out the number of people engaged in piggery sector and their financial liability so that the government can take practical steps to announce a bailout package to protect them from punishment.
This fever came from whither?
The first case of African swine fever was recorded in 1921 in Kenya and Ethiopia. The National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal has confirmed that it is African swine flu. According to the 2019 census by the department, the population of Assam’s pigs was 21 lakhs, which has increased to 30 lakhs in recent times.