Ukhrul: In yet another worrisome developments for the livestock farmers, unknown animal disease has reportedly killed over 70 pigs and left several infected at Phalee village in Ukhrul district.
Massive livestock including asiatic water buffaloes, pigs, poultry and cows have died of animal disease in different parts of Manipur.
Sources told the Ukhrul Times that over 70 pigs at Phalee has fallen to the infection and scores were infected and in critical condition. As a remedial measures to counter the infection, field assistant along with his two attendance posted at the local Veterinary office have provided anti-biotic to around 200 pigs. However, the anti-biotic failed to cure or prevent the disease. Pigs being administered the anti-biotics continued to die.
The epidemic which began in the month of June showed no respite with the infected ones continued to developed high fever, bodily weaknesses, breathing difficulty and poor appetite, sources added.
In the meanwhile, livestock farmers have appealed Manipur’s government to provide financial assistance to the farmers so that their livelihood is not further deteriorated.
Elizar Raingam, Phalee Village Development chairman said that he owned pigs farms catering to around 50 pigs including breeds like yorkshire, hamshire and mixed breeds. “10 pigs have died of the unknown disease and the infected ones continued to died,” he lamented.
He then appealed Manipur’s government and the concerned Veterinary department to send expert team and collect the sample of the disease stricken livestock swiftly so that the unknown deadly disease is identified and strong preventive measures prepared to save the remaining few that were left untouched.