Meghalaya imposes ban on import of pigs

Meghalaya on April 27 imposed a ban on import of pigs following the outbreak of classical swine fever.

Deputy chief minister in-charge animal husbandry and veterinary, Prestone Tynsong said the state government will stop the import of pigs from April 28 following reported deaths of many pigs in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

“As per reports, the pigs in the two states were suffering from some kind of flu. But he said this would be clear once the test results were out,” he told reporters.

However, he appealed to citizens not to panic, but to ensure that even the home grown pork they purchase is properly cooked for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, principal secretary in-charge animal husbandry and veterinary Shakil P Ahmed has asked all pig farms, private farms and pig farmers to take adequate measures for strict hygiene and bio-security such as disinfection of the farms, equipments and restricting entry of any outside person into pig farms.

“Signs of high fever in pigs and any abnormal mortality of pigs should be brought to the notice of the district or sub divisional animal husbandry and veterinary,” he said.

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