African Swine Fever: All pigs in affected farms to be culled, compensation may rise


C R Krishnakumar

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Thiruvananthapuram: Livestock production joint director of the Department of Animal Husbandry Dr Baby Kuriakose informed that pigs in two farms of Wayanad district and within one kilometre limit will be killed and burnt as cases of African Swine Fever was confirmed in the state.

The fever was reported in two pig farms at Thavinhal and Kaniyaram in Mananthavady. 43 pigs died in the farm at Kaniyaram while only one pig died in Thavinhal. Out of the 300 pigs in Thavinhal, three pigs show symptoms of the fever.

The precautionary measures adopted in the North Eastern states and Bihar will be adopted in Kerala also.

Compensations as per guidelines of the Centre will be granted to the farmers who suffer loss. The government has commenced discussions with the insurance companies. A huge amount will have to be dispensed among the farmers as all pigs will be killed once the fever is detected.

It has been hinted that the Centre advised to distribute compensation as per the animal disease control programme of the state government. Only 50 per cent of the required money will be granted by the Centre while the remaining will have to be incurred by the state. Compensation cannot be dispensed if the insurance companies give away the relief amount. The farmers are entitled to avail relief from either the government or from the insurance company.

The farmers who had to kill their ducks due to outbreak of bird flu in 2014 have not received compensation from the Centre yet. Meanwhile, the state government provided a financial aid of Rs 3,92,000 for the duck farmers last year.

There is no vaccination or any other preventive measures against the African Swine Fever currently.

Compensations

Piglet (upto 15 kg)Rs 2,200
Pigs (15- 40kg)Rs 5,800
Adult pigs (100 kg)Rs 15,000

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