The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Ri-Bhoi and Division of Animal Health and Fisheries Sciences at ICAR Research Complex Umiam today distributed pigs and held a pig health camp.
Around 60 farmers and others from local villages were present at the event during which 40 Lumsniang piglets, 20kg of vitamins and mineral mixture and supplements were distributed to the farmers.
The ‘Pig Health and Input Distribution Camp’ was chaired by subject matter specialist Bankitkupar Mukhim, who briefed the gathering about the objectives of the programme, which is to provide essential veterinary healthcare services and distribute inputs to pig farmers for the better management of their pig herds.
The camps aim to support and empower pig farmers by providing them with necessary veterinary care, knowledge and inputs. By improving pig health and management practices, these camps contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of pig farming in the region.
Samir Das, senior scientist in animal health, gave an elaborate lecture on the importance of vaccination of all animals, especially with the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
ASF is a highly contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild pigs. He explained how the disease spreads primarily through direct contact with infected pigs or through ingestion of contaminated feed, pork products, or fomites (inanimate objects that can carry the virus).
The virus has the potential to spread rapidly across regions and can be challenging to control and eradicate due to its high resistance and persistence in the environment. He urged the farmers that, in order to prevent the spread of ASF, measures such as strict biosecurity protocols, surveillance and control of pig movements are crucial. There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment available for ASF, so prevention and early detection are key strategies in managing the disease.