Classical swine fever is a highly contagious, potentially fatal viral disease that affects pigs. This disease is a major constraint to the development of pig farming systems in northeast India where pig farming is a main source of livelihood for most households. About 80 per cent of households in northeast India rear pigs and pork is a key part of the local diet.
A 2011 participatory epidemiological study conducted in Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram by the International Livestock Research Instititute (ILRI) with support from Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT) revealed that pig farmers in India incur huge losses from mortality, treatment and replacement costs—amounting to over 2 billion rupees each year.
This ILRI Policy Brief briefly explains measures to control classical swine fever and recommends policy interventions to prevent and control the disease.
The brief was produced as part of the Enhancing Livelihoods through Livestock Knowledge Systems project under the TATA-ILRI partnership program.