From Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu, Umuahia
These are not the best of times for pig farmers and vendors in Abia State as the National Veterinary Research institute (NVRI) Vom, Plateau State, in collaboration with the Federal and State Ministry of Agriculture have confirmed the outbreak of African Swine Fever in the state.
In a statement by Mrs. Q.N Nwokocha, Director Veterinary Services said the disease could cause very serious economic and production losses”.
as a result of the outbreak, road side pork vendors have been directed to discontinue selling at their various points and temporarily relocate to the disinfected pig market at Apumiri Ubakala, Umuahia South LGA to avoid further spread of the disease.
The statement directed pig farmers to watch out for the following signs as symptoms: fever, lack of appetite, purple discolorations of the skin, cough, diarrhea, sudden abortion in pregnancy among others.
The state Ministry of Agriculture said it was collaborating with relevant agencies to ensure the total prevention of further spread of the virus to other pig farms in the state.