African swine fever confirmed in Kannur; Pigs to be culled through electrical stunning

The highly contagious disease was detected for the first time in Kerala last month

Updated - August 02, 2022 09:17 am IST

Published - August 01, 2022 03:45 pm IST - KANNUR

A scene from a piggery in Kerala

A scene from a piggery in Kerala | Photo Credit: MUSTAFAH KK

After Wayanad, African swine fever has been confirmed at a private pig farm in Kanichar Panchayat in Kannur district, after more than 15 pigs on the farm had died due to the disease in the last ten days.

The confirmation was made on Sunday evening after the samples were tested at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal.

Last month, for the first time in Kerala, African swine fever was confirmed in two farms in Manthavady and Tavinhal in Wayanad, where pigs were culled.

Electrical stunning

In Kannur, the Animal Husbandry department will start the process of electrical stunning of pigs in pig farms within a kilometer radius of the area today or by tommorow, said S.J Lekha, District Animal Husbandary officer. It has also been instructed to monitor pigs in pig farms within a radius of 10 km from this area, she said. 

Wild pigs are also susceptible to the disease.

Ms. Lekha said that a meeting has been called by the district collector and necessary preventive steps would be taken to prevent the spread of the disease. African swine fever will not affect humans, but they can be carriers and spread the disease. Hence, those working in pig farms and others who visited farms have been warned to be vigilant, and are being instructed to be in 24 hours quarantine, she said.

She further said that the movement of pigs would also be restricted within the district.

Pig farmers worried

There is also a ban on the distribution and sale of pork from areas where the disease has been confirmed. To prevent the spread of the disease, a special squad has been formed to monitor the state borders and inspections have been intensified.

The situation has left pig farmers in Kannur worried. They complain that the compensation of ₹15000 for a pig weighing more than 100 kg is insufficient to make up the loss.

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