The Department of Agriculture–Cordillera intensifies efforts to control the spread of African Fever in the Cordillera Region.
This was highlighted during the conducted press conference last February 11, 2020, at the DA Conference Hall, Guisad, Baguio City.
As of today, a total of 22 out of 77 municipalities in the Cordillera Region were affected by the ASF. The province of Abra and Apayao remain ASF-free.
According to DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey, the department refocused its 2021 budget to support the Bantay ASF sa Barangay “BABay ASF” Program.
“BaBay ASF” is a joint flagship national program of various Government Department to control and prevent ASF at the Barangay level involving disease surveillance and monitoring, disease reporting, investigation, response, implementation of biosecurity protocols, zoning, recovery, and repopulation.
He said additional funds were requested for the “Repopulation Plan” to benefit provinces that were affected by ASF and are cleared for restocking. This is to increase swine stocks.
A total of Php15M were allocated to the repopulation of the swine industry. The Project will benefit 300 swine raisers in the Cordillera. Each member of the cluster will receive 3 starter piglets, 18 bags of feeds, and drug and biologics amounting to Php 50,000.
The fund will also be used to procure additional testing kits, biosecurity paraphernalia, and the production of IEC materials to be disseminated.
Dir. Odsey said that the monitoring and surveillance implementation is being strengthened and partnership with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and Local Government Units is a continuing activity.
The department also helps ASF-affected swine raisers through the provision of indemnification funds and supporting affected farmers by providing livelihood activities like poultry raising.
Meanwhile, a meeting with the Baguio City Veterinary Office, National Meat Inspect Services (NMIS), and the DA-CAR are scheduled this week to further discuss the price ceiling, transport of live pigs from Ilocos Region and Central Luzon for the continuous supply of pork to the Baguio City Public Market.
Based on the report, the Cordillera region is 28% sufficient in meat. The supply of meat and meat products comes from Region I and II.
The department also encourages hog raisers to source out pigs in ASF free areas to avoid the spread of the virus and ensure pork sufficiency in CAR.//
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