Assam Chief Minister orders to cull 12,000 pigs from areas infected by African swine fever. So far, nearly 18,000 have already died due to the virus. (PTI)
CM Sonowal chaired a meeting with Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department at Assam Administrative Staff College, where he said that in compliance with the guidelines of the Central and state governments and adhering to experts’ opinion, culling of the infected swine population in all the affected districts should be completed before Durga Puja.
Earlier, it was estimated that some 10,000 pigs might be culled from the first week of September to check the spread of ASF. Since May, ASF has claimed almost 18,000 pigs. The veterinary department had said that it has left out with no option but to cull pigs in at least 29 identified containment zones located in 14 districts. Assam has the highest pig population in the country.
“As a result of the culling operation, the loss incurred by the farmers will be adequately compensated,” Sonowal added. The CM informed that the Central government has already released the first installments of the fund and the state government will immediately release its share for the compensation as well as for other measures to deal with the pestilence. (Time8)
In selective districts, pig farmers have stepped out to protest as their business failed with ASF prevailing.
As per TIME8 Sources, the Assam Government is likely to pay a sum of ₹2,200 to ₹15,000 to the farmer, depending about the weight of the pig that would be culled.