The Tripura government started slaughtering pigs at the ASF’s Debipur farm.

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Agartala: The Tripura Animal Resource Development (ARD) Department has killed 165 pigs and pigs in government-run Debipur Farm and adjoining areas of Sepahijala district following the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in pigs, an official said. ۔

The slaughter of pigs at Debipur Farm started on Saturday after the confirmation of African Swine Fever (ASF) and on the instructions of the Center.

“On Saturday, 121 pigs and pigs were killed at Debipur farm while 44 pigs were killed in areas within a radius of one kilometer,” said ARD director DK Chakma.

He said that two teams have been deployed in this work and it is expected that the killing operation will be completed by Sunday in the presence of veterinary officers.

At least 27 pigs have mysteriously died at Debipur Farm since April 13, forcing the department to send blood samples for ASF tests in Guwahati. Recently, the North Eastern Regional Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (NERDDL), Guwahati, confirmed the presence of ASF in blood samples sent from the farm.
Chakma said that as a precautionary measure, an alert has been issued across the state to stop the movement of pigs and pigs from one place to another.

However, he clarified that pork is suitable for human consumption after proper boiling because it is African swine fever (ASF) and not African swine flu.

An awareness campaign on African swine fever has already started in Sepahijala district, comprising local administrations and panchayat committees.

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