Consultative Committee Meeting on African Swine Fever was held under the leadership of AH & Vety Minister Dr. K.Beichhua at the SAD Conference Hall, MINECO on Thursday. MLA members including Er. H.Lalzirliana, Dr. K.Pachhunga, Lalduhoma, K.T Rokhaw and others were present for the meeting.
The economic loss due to the dearth of pigs because of ASF is approximately Rs 117 crore (conservative estimate) according to officials.
In the meeting, discussions were held on compensation measures for pig rearers who had suffered great losses due to African Swine Fever(ASF). It was decided that the farmers who culled their pigs with prior information to the department would be compensated as per the Central government scheme. There are five categories in the scheme where the compensation amount of 15kgs and below is Rs. 2200, 15 to 40 kg is Rs 5800, 40 to 70kgs is Rs 8400, 70 to 100kg is Rs 2000, and 100kg above is Rs 15000. The central:state share for this scheme is 50:50. Records have been maintained of pigs, which died due to ASF, even the pigs that were not culled along with the pig rearers details. It was decided that initiatives will be taken to also provide compensation to rearers whose pigs were not culled.
The first pig death due to unknown disease was reported at Lungsen village in south Mizoram’s Lunglei district bordering Bangladesh on March 21.
After testing negative for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and Classical Swine Flu (CSF), the pig samples were sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Disease (NIHSAD) in Bhopal, which confirmed the cause of pig deaths as “ASF” on April 16.
So far, the ASF has killed 10258 pigs across 11 districts having affected 163 towns and villages. (TMP)