Outbreak of PPR epidemic in Bajura

BAJURA: The farmers in Bajura district have suffered a huge loss after an outbreak of infectious peste des petits ruminants (PPR) disease, also known as goat plague, for last two weeks.

The disease has spread in most of the areas in the district, claiming as high as 400 goats and sheep.

The farmers have expressed their dissatisfaction over the oblivion of the stakeholders to contain the disease on animals and dillydallying in supply of vaccines.

The farmers said that they have faced a huge loss from the death of the cattle and have urged the District Livestock Office to take steps to contain the disease.

Around 50 sheep of Bhakta Karki of Humla district, who had brought the sheep to Mana region of Badimalika in Bajura for grazing, died of the PPR disease while 45 sheep of Nangyal Lama of Khanalgaun-5 in Humla district also died.

Lama said that his family has no other alternative occupation to pastoral farming. Normally, a sheep is sold at Rs 13,000 to Rs 18,000.

The livestock health workers have suspected that the PPR disease could have spread to Bajura from Kalikot and Humla.

Acting Chief of the District Livestock Office Siddharaj Jaisi said that the livestock health workers have been mobilised in the affected areas in the first phase.