ASF-affected hog raisers receive indemnification pay from DA

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 20 (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) has started paying indemnification to farmers affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) in the region.

PCIC OIC Manager Jean Bayani said seven farmers in Pinili, Abulug  who availed of the free livestock insurance recently received their indemnity pay of P10,000 for every fattener affected and P14,000 for breeder but subject to the age of the hog as indicated in the inception coverage.

For hog aged one month from inception is equivalent to 60 percent coverage, 75 percent coverage for 2 months and 85 percent and 100 percent for three and four months, respectively. Breeder is equivalent to 100 percent coverage.

Earlier, DA Secretary William Dar urged backyard and commercial hog raisers to secure insurance packages particularly the free livestock insurance so they can recover part of their investments, in case their farms got infected with animal diseases such as ASF.

Availing of an insurance coverage is seen as a prudent safety net for existing raisers and for those in ASF-free areas who will venture into this business.

Meanwhile, DA Undersecretary for Livestock William Medrano in his recent visit to Cagayan Valley to lead the roll out of the repopulation and recovery program, said the  ASF vaccine from the United States is now on trial stage conducted by the Bureau of Animal Industry in 10 commercial farms.

DA is optimistic for the trial’s success so that it will be commercialized soon to end the ASF scare. (MDCT/GVB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

 



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

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