Mizoram government has banned the import of pigs and piglets especially from Myanmar and the local residents have also mobilized to generate awareness among the people to prevent the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the border state.
State Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department, Hmarkunga said that ASF outbreak was reported in China and Vietnam and it is feared that it could reach the state through Myanmar and affect the piggeries.
The director also stated that the disease affects only porcine species of all breeds and as the state consumes wide range of pork, it has banned the import from Myanmar. However, no cases of ASF have been reported so far.
The district magistrates adjoining Myanmar have issued prohibitory orders against importing pigs and piglets from the neighbouring country.
The director further informed that the veterinary officials have been instructed to beef up vigil in all the districts especially those along the 404 km-long international border with Myanmar.
The health department also instructed the district authorities to ban on import of pork products such as sausages as traces of ASF were reportedly found in the sausages of Japan.