African Swine Fever outbreak hits Rumphi

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By MANA

Agricultural authorities in Rumphi district have issued a ban on slaughtering and movement of pigs and pig products following the outbreak of African- Swine-Fever.

The District Animal Health and Livestock Development Officer Harvey Kumwenda reveals that the disease has no vaccine and cure, hence the ban.

“We learnt about the outbreak from Mzuzu Agricultural Development Division who told us that the disease was discovered in our neighbouring district of Mzimba, particularly Bwengu which is close to us.

According to Kumwenda, dozens of pigs have died due to the outbreak especially in Bwengu the area neighboring Mzimba district.

He told the Malawi News Agency that Mhuju Extension Planning Area-EPAs is the worst hit, followed by Chiweta and Bolero EPAs. 

“Mhuju Extension Planning Area (EPA) has a recording of 121 pigs killed by the outbreak followed by Chiweta EPA where 6 cases have been recorded while Bolero EPA has recorded 4 cases so far,” he said.

Kumwenda further said his office has embarked on sensitization campaigns in hotspot areas of the disease for people to stop buying pork and restrict movement of pigs to control the spread of the disease to other areas.

“Currently, we are moving around the affected areas telling them to stop buying pork or any product from pigs.

“They should also stop moving their pigs from one place to another because doing so would spread the disease,” he cautioned.

A trader at Rumphi Boma, Peter Kawonga says the ban will affect the livelihoods of pork sellers.

The livestock development officer, therefore, appealed to communities in the district to comply with the ban and the corresponding pieces of advice for it to be lifted earlier, saying failing which the ban may go beyond the minimum period of six months.

 

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