Besides coronavirus, Assam is now gearing up to fight another virus outbreak, which is killing its pig population on a daily basis. The virus called African Swine Flu has killed over 2,800 domestic pigs in Assam since February. And now Assam is the epicenter of ASF in India.
This is the first time any such virus has rattled an Indian state. Assam claims that the virus originated from China like the coronavirus did. From 2018-2020, the virus has killed over 60% of its domestic pigs.
To tackle the problem, the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the Veterinary and Forest Departments to work with National Pig Research Centre of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to come with a plan and save the pig pollution.
State Animal Husbandry Minister has termed the situation as alarming and plans to bring in biosecurity measures to save the pig population. However, after coming to know that the situation exists in Assam since 2018, it’s quite evident that humans don’t take quick measures until it’s not about their own life which is at risk.
As of now, the Chief Minister has asked the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department to do a ‘threat-mapping’. Also, the state is identifying entrepreneurs in the pig business so they can announce a bailout plan for them.
The first case of the African Swine Fever was reported in 1921 in Kenya and Ethiopia. The existence of flu in Asam was identified by the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal.