HOG raisers who threw their dead animals suspected to have been afflicted with the African Swine Fever, (ASF) into the Marikina River must be prosecuted.
Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food (PCAFI), through its president Danilo Fausto, said that the offenders have violated a memorandum of the Department of Agriculture (DA) regarding the disposal of dead hogs.
The PCAFI also urged the DA and the local government units to implement stricter biosecurity measures against the disease and the implementation of the protocol in disposing of dead hogs even as it assured that humans cannot be infected by the disease.
At the same time, Fausto said there should also be more information to allay fears over hog consumption since ASF does not adversely affect human health.
“People should not be afraid of ASF,” said Fausto.
Edwin Chen, of Pork Producers Federation of the Phils (Propork said hog raisers, particularly those from small backyards, should be advised to observe proper disposal of dead hogs.
“If the farm is in the backyard, the hogs (affected by the disease) should be culled first then buried immediately outside the farm at a depth (that may not be disturbed by other animals.) Depending on the number, it should be within a certain depth, may be two meters if there are only a few,” Chen said.
“In commercial farms or in a locality, DA people have designated areas for burying these. The site should not be near a waterway or a creek,” he added
Meanwhile, DA spokesman Noel Reyes said government will be prosecuting people mishandling dead hogs for violation of the Animal Welfare Act and the Solid Waste Management Law.
The PCAFI disclosed that there are several other ways of controlling the spread of ASF
The Disease and Welfare guide of the Pigsite.com advises the following: prevention of feeding of contaminated feed and contaminated food waste used to supplement hog feed; control of the animals from the bites of soft bodied ticks, lies and flies; prevention of inoculation of the pigs with contaminated syringes and use of contaminated surgical equipment and prevention of introduction of infected pigs with uninfected ones.