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Ban on pig import in Senapati town

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, Dec 5 - Import of pigs for rearing and consumption within the jurisdiction of Karong-Senapati town area in Senapati district bordering Nagaland has been banned to curb the reported spread of swine fever. The Senapati town is located about 60 km north of Imphal.

In an order issued on Thursday, the Karong-Senapati Town Committee said the swine fever can adversely affect the economy of farmers as well as human health.

�Therefore, importing pigs from other States and districts shall be completely banned with effect from the date of this notification,� the order said. Anybody defying the order for personal profit or whatsoever, shall be responsible for the spread of the disease and severe corrective action shall be taken as deemed fit, it added.

The import of pigs from other States and Myanmar has been prohibited in the State since last year after the highly contagious African Swine Fever (ASF) claimed many heads of pigs in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, according to official sources in Imphal.

The sources also said that far more than 500 pigs have died due to classical swine fever (CSF) in the State since last month. The CSF can be prevented if the pigs are vaccinated on time, said Director of State Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Dr H Chaoba Singh.

Meanwhile, Churachandpur district reported the death of two pigs due to suspected fever on December 3.

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