MisOr extends livelihood support to ASF-affected farmers

MISAMIS ORIENTAL, May 11 (PIA)--The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has extended livelihood support to hog growers affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) in the province. 

“Affected farmers are not yet allowed to raise pigs again not until the ASF is fully eradicated, which may take a little while to achieve,” said Dr. Benjamin Resma, provincial veterinarian.

To make up for the losses wrought by ASF, Resma said the Provincial Veterinarian's Office has provided the farmers with a livelihood project through duck layer production. 

Some 33 farmers from Libertad and Initao towns have already been validated to receive the project and some have already started preparing their respective duck houses.

Resma is still awaiting reports of ASF-affected farmers from the municipalities of Opol, Alubijid and Manticao, and El Salbvador City for evaluation.

Aside from the livelihood project, the province paid a total of P3,532,000 as indemnification to affected farmers.

As of May 10, seven municipalities and 40 barangays in the province are affected by ASF with 2,312 hogs culled and 603 affected farmers. (JAKA/PIA10)

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

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