Awareness drive on African swine fever

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/3/2021 1:11:23 PM IST

In an effort to prevent the outbreak of African Swine Fever in the unaffected blocks of Phek district, the district level pig federation in collaboration with Chakhesang Women Welfare Society (CWWS), the Department of Animal Husbandry& Veterinary Services (AH&VS), Phek district and North East initiative development agency-an initiative of Tata Trusts conducted an awareness drive on African swine fever (ASF)-cum-vaccination drive on classical swine fever from April 26 to April 29 in Porba, Pholami, Gidemi, Enhulumi, Sumi, Leshemi, Lasumi, Pfutseromi, Thetsumi and Zhavame village.

During the programme, veterinary assistant surgeon, veterinary dispensary Pfutsero, Dr. Rosou Pohena discussed with the farmers on the origin of African swine fever outbreak, signs and symptoms, ways of transmission, steps of prevention and measures on how to safely discard affected and dead pigs.

Pig blood samples were also taken from Enhulumi village where ASF outbreak is suspected.

Meanwhile, NEIDA senior project associate, Dr. Vihielie Sanchu emphasised on the importance and potential of collective efforts of the pig federation in order to bring health and wealth through pig farming.

The programme also vaccinated a total 504 pigs with CSF vaccination, and treated illnesses such as skin diseases, diarrhoea and others commonly suffered by pigs.

Facemasks, disinfectants, dewormers, vitamins, mineral mixtures etc. were also supplied to pig farmers.

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