AT LEAST P5,000 per culled pig will be given to backyard raisers whose hogs were affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of Agriculture Secretary William Dar to increase the financial assistance.
From the previous P3,000, hograisers will now get P5,000 per affected pig.
Dar said the President and fellow Cabinet members also approved other measures to contain and prevent the spread of ASF to adjoining areas in Luzon.
Dar said among the measures to be implemented will be “lock down” procedures in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga, cordoning off validated areas as “ASF-infected zones,” for easier movement control of pork products.
Hog raisers and traders caught selling, buying and transporting live hogs, slaughtering ASF-infected pigs and selling ASF-tainted pork products will be arrested and charged.
“We must step up our surveillance and monitoring of transport of live pigs as well as pork products,” Dar said.
ASF poses no threat to human health, although it is very infectious among pigs, and can easily spread from one farm to another if not properly managed. The disease has no known vaccine yet.
Aside from the measures, the DA has been advising the implementation of strict biosecurity measures and the 1-7-10 protocol in ASF-affected areas, with the support of local government units, military, police, swine industry groups and other government agencies. These include frequent cleaning and disinfection of farms, transport vehicles, and improved husbandry practices and production systems such as prohibition on swill feeding.