Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Mokokchung pig farmers seek assistance from union FM


Pig farmers under Mokokchung district have appealed the union finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman to look into the plight of pig farmers who were recuperating from the huge loss due to the African Swine Fever (ASF).
The viral disease in pigs which has swept across Mokokchung district since 2021 has dealt a serious blow to pig farmers and the process of recovery from the loss incurred is yet to be secured.
Speaking to Nagaland Post, Ongpangkong South Block Pig Farmers Association (OSBPFA) convenor, Lanukaba said that the state government under the National Livestock Mission encouraged the farmers to take up piggery farming.
In this regard, he said the farmers took the advice and started rearing pigs by availing bank loans through NABARD on a commercial scale from 2018-19.
Lanukaba said although pig farming began smoothly, in April 2021, the African Swine Fever and Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) diseases were confirmed.
He added that the Association has been providing good breeding stocks to pig farmers in the district before the epidemic struck.
By the month of October 2021, he claimed that all the pigs at various farms died and “according to a conservative estimate, the loss was close to Rs. 10 crore.”
Lanukaba disclosed that the association from Longjongkong (New Camp), Satier sector of Aliba village and Satsü consisting of more than 20 farmers who availed bank loans approached the bank for extension of loan repayment but was unfortunately turned down.
He said the farmers also approached Mokokchung Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services (AH&VS) department and the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) for help to mitigate their losses, however, he lamented that there has been no response from the responsible department so far.
Lanukaba cited the example of Mizoram state where ASF affected pig farmers yet, the farmers were adequately compensated by the government.