DA urges LGUs to strengthen ASF surveillance

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, March 10 (PIA) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 2 has encouraged Local Government Units (LGUs) to pass their respective ordinances to strengthen responses, monitoring, and surveillance of African Swine Fever (ASF) cases in their respective localities. 

DA RTD Roberto C. Busania urges LGUs to strengthen ASF surveillance in their localities. (by DA) 

Dr. Roberto C. Busania, DA regional technical director, said they also urged LGUs to establish their respective ASF task forces to enable quick responses to prevent the further spread of the swine virus. 

He added that they further tapped hog traders and hog raisers to cooperate and help in the surveillance to revive the swine industry in the region. 

Busania said there were already 3,301 pigs that were subjected to mass culling after they have tested positive for ASF. 

"There were already 42 barangays and 1,050 farmers affected regionwide," Busania said. 

In Cagayan, there are 13 remaining ASF-free towns of the 29 municipalities. Moreover, only the four coastal towns in Isabela do not have cases, three remaining towns in Nueva Vizcaya remain free, while all towns in Quirino province were already affected.  

"We will prioritize those affected areas for the recovery and repopulation plan to increase the supply in the region," he added.

He said that in the repopulation program, they will test those areas that have been positive of ASF before if they are already safe for mass production. 

Busania added that they are currently giving indemnification cash assistance to the farmers affected amounting to P5,000 for each culled pig. 

"We already have an P8 million indemnification fund to pay those who were affected, but this is not enough because we need a P161 million fund to pay all the culled pigs. We already requested this amount and hopefully it will be granted soon," Busania said. 

Busania is hopeful that the ASF cases will be contained soon as it has already severely affected the livelihood of the hog raisers as well as the prices of basic commodities. (JCK/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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