At least 157 goats have been killed by Peste Des Petits Ruminants (PPR) outbreak at Thinglian village in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district, according to the state animal husbandry and veterinary department officials on Tuesday.
The officials said that the samples taken from the dead and dying goats extracted from the village tested positive of PPR at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal.
The goats were purchased from the MLA Local Area Development Fund of AH and Veterinary Minister Lalrinawma in the village, which is situated within his constituency.
The beneficiaries received the fund for purchase of 92 goats which was supplied by a Serchhip-based supplier and brought to the village on May 28, of which 86 have died.
Other goats being reared by local people also were infected and the disease had killed 71 goats out of 76.
Of the total goats (168) being reared in the whole village, only 11 have died.
Village Council President of Thinglian village Edenthara said that the supplier purchased the goats on behalf of the beneficiaries from Silchar in Cachar district of Assam and were neither quarantined nor inspected by Veterinary doctors.
“As the villagers did not insure the goats, it has become a total loss for them especially those families who were rearing them on their own,” Edenthara added.