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DA to ensure stable, healthy hog industry

THE Department of Agriculture will continue to lay down and strictly implement measures to ensure a stable and healthy hog industry.

This was the assurance given by Agriculture Secretary William Dar to hog raisers during their recent brief meeting.

In his meeting with Lester and Heidee Ong of Rockefeller Farm and Creekview Genetics, Dar disclosed they are continuing the distribution assistance to hog raisers adversely affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF).

He added that they are now finalizing the loan package from Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines that will provide credit assistance to hog raisers at three per cent interest rate per annum.

Once the implementing guidelines are finalized, I urge everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to prevent further damage to the Philippine hog sector,” Dar explained.

Dar added that DA’s repopulation program will remain to be one of its key strategies to revive the hog industry and stabilize pork prices. “We will repopulate in green zone areas, and pour in funds in provinces which remain to be ASF-free,” he said.

For their part, the Ongs thanked the DA for actively pursuing actions to support the sector including the facilitation of credit window facilities and insurance.

Maganda ang mga programa na DA sa ngayon, lalo na yung repopulation initiative dahil layunin talaga nitong i-ensure ang supply ng baboy lalo na ngayong nasa krisis tayo,” Heidee said.

Ong added that through the help of the government, the industry will continue to thrive and survive.

This is the first time that a Secretary reached out to the grassroots. Ngayon lang po kami naka-experience na ang regional director ay regular na bumibisita sa aming mga magbababoy,” Heidee and Lester said.

Rockefeller Farm and Creekview Genetics are both a communal swine breeding and fattening farmslocated in ASF-free or green zone Zamboanga Peninsula.

Dar further batted for the continuous partnership from private stakeholders, and encouraged them to pursue higher level of biosecurity measures.

We are happy that the private sector is cooperating in our actions. We must continue to work together, the national government, the local government units, and the private sector to address and put a stop to this problem,” Dar added.