African Swine Fever kills 90 pigs in Kasempa

pig farm
pig farm

Ninety pigs have died since the outbreak of African Swine Fever in Kasempa district in North-western province a fortnight ago.
District Agriculture authorities have banned the movement and slaughtering of pigs for pork products while an operation to disinfect affected areas is underway.

This came to light during a meeting for district government heads of departments in Kasempa addressed by North Western Province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga last Friday.

Giving a briefing on the department of agriculture, Senior Agriculture Officer Joseph Masuwa said samples taken from pigs that died tested positive for Africa Swine Fever.

Mr Masuwa said so far the animal disease has killed 90 pigs since the outbreak a fortnight ago.

He said the district has received support from veterinary officers from the province who are working around the clock to try and contend the disease.

He disclosed that the movement of pigs has been restricted while a budget has been sent to Lusaka for logistics required to start disinfecting areas affected by swine fever.

Mr Malupenga commended the department of agriculture for ensuring that interventions are put in place to contend the disease to stop further loss of pigs which are a source of income to many families.