News Desk: Animal Husbandry and Veterinary minister Atul Bora on Thursday expressed concern over the Centre’s order to permit the transportation of pigs from the states of Haryana and Punjab to the North-eastern states.
He has written to the Union Minister Giriraj Singh to stop the permission of allowing inter-state transport of pig, fearing it might add to the on-going African Swine Fever (ASF) crisis.
In a letter addressed to the centre, Bora writes, “The communication to allow movement of live pigs is poorly conceived and is a recipe for disaster to only allow for quicker dissemination of the virus [ASF].”
He also mentioned that the state is already dealing with the flood and this would add more to the crisis-like situation. “Any free movement of pigs from outside the state shall seriously undermine.”
Expressing his concern, Bora said, “Our state is fighting on multiple fronts at this moment. African Swine Fever (ASF) is adding to our woes. So, inter-state transportation of livestock may bring more biohazards and will be risky.”
The state is currently undertaking awareness campaigns for the farmer to educate them to contain the African Swine Fever (ASF). “[We] have taken harsh measures to prevent the sale of pork, transportation of pigs to ensure that there is no further spread of the disease,” expressed Bora.
The Union Ministry on Wednesday granted permission to the piggery associations of Punjab and Haryana for the inter-state transportation of pigs to the North-East.
In an internal communication to the concerned associations accessed by Headline8, mentions “The movement of pigs from the states of Haryana and Punjab to the North-eastern states are allowed subject to strict compliance. To ensure food supply without compromising bio-security and bio-safety.”
According to reports, the state has 31 epicentres of the African Swine Fever (ASF). Around 17,118 pigs have died due to the disease since the outbreak in May.
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