Sale of pigs, pork and feed has been banned in Manipur's Hiyanglam village which comes under Kakching district, following the detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) at the Pig Breeding Farm, Hiyanglam under Kakching district.
The Kakching district administration on Saturday, following the confirmation of ASF by the district veterinary, ordered containment measures to prevent further spread of the animal disease in the area, under the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animal Act 2009.
The district administration in an order issued on Saturday notified the Pig Breeding Farm as “Control Areas” and ordered ban on sale of pig, pork, feed and related items in Hiyanglam village.
Further, the area falling within one km from the epicentre of the disease is declared as “infected zone” and any areas falling within nine km radius from the epicentre is declared as “surveillance zone” for taking up control and containment procedures, the order stated.
It further stated that anyone found violating any of the containment measures will be deemed punishable under the Prevention and Control of Infectious and Contagious Diseases in Animal Act 2009.
Earlier, African Swine Fever outbreak was reported in Kamjong district following the deaths as several pigs at Sinakeithei village. In view of it, the Manipur Progressive Piggery Farmers’ Association had raised several questions regarding measures taken to prevent the spread of the infection and illegal livestock trade. Human visitors were suspected to have been the source of ASF outbreak among pigs in Kamjong district, according to an official of the district veterinary and animal husbandry department.