The Dibrugarh District Pig Farmers Association on Wednesday staged a protest in front of the Dibrugarh deputy commissioner’s office over the ban on local pig farming.
The protestors said due to the ban on local pig farming, the unemployed youths associated with the business are having a tough time.
Pranab Hatimuria, president of Dibrugarh District Pig Farmers Association said, “For the last 7 months, our local pig farmers have failed to do business following reports of African Swine fever.”
“The district administration has instructed us not to rear pig and sell pig meat in the market,” Hatimuria said.
“Since then, the pig farmers are having a tough time to run their families. We have asked the district administration for providing us compensation but till date, the poor pig farmers are yet to receive any compensation from the government,” he added.
There has been a ban on the inter-district import of pig and pig meat after reports of African Swine fever.
The African Swine fever claimed many pigs in Assam causing huge losses to the farmers associated with the business.
“On Tuesday, we learnt that pigs were being brought to Assam from other states by train. We have immediately informed the police about the matter and urged them to stop such activity,” Hatimuria said.
“Our local farmers are facing losses due to the ban and if pigs come from other states, it will be an injustice for indigenous farmers associated with the business,” Hatimuria added.
He further informed that the local pig farmers are not getting any aid from the government.
“Many local youths are associated with the business and after the outbreak of African Swine fever, the whole business has been affected,” he said.
“We discussed the matter with the district administration and agriculture minister Atul Bora but there has been no fruitful result till date,” Hatimuria said.
The Dibrugarh District Pig Farmers Association submitted a memorandum to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal through deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha regarding the matter.