District magistrates of border districts of the India’s northeastern state of Mizoram have ordered to ban import of pigs and pork from Myanmar until August fearing fresh incidents of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS).
Authorities of districts adjoining Myanmar, Champhai, Lunglei, Serchhip, Lawngtlai and Saiha have been instructed to issue prohibitory orders, Director of the state Animal Husbandry and Veterinary LB Sailo told the Press Trust of India.
Though there has been no fresh infection, he said, but the state government was taking preventive measures.
“The Centre has issued a stern warning to Mizoram on the import of pigs from Myanmar which shares a 404 km international border as PRRS is always present in the neighbouring country,” Sailo was quoted as saying.
Hundreds of pigs were killed when the PRRS hit Mizoram early last year, prompting the state government to seal the border.