By Glen S. Ramos
BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) Office today assured residents and consumers that the African Swine Fever (ASF) infestation in some barangays in the region is now under control.
This followed after an appropriate intervention system was put in place to mitigate the effects of the virus and ensure the stability of the supply of pork in the market.
DA-CAR Regional Director Dr. Cameron Odsey stated that incidents of ASF infestation in different parts of the region have waned over the past several months indicating that the infestation is now under control aside from the fact that prices of pork in the market are now significantly decreasing which indicates the steady supply of pork in the market.
He added that based on available data, less than 10 percent of the region’s 1,100 barangays have reported ASF cases over the past two (2) years that is why the effect of the animal virus on the hog industry is not very significant although hundreds of hog raisers had been heavily impacted by the infestation.
“We have also provided financial assistance to the affected hog raisers for them to be able to recover from the effects of the animal virus to the industry,” Odsey said.
Odsey also reminded hog raisers not to feed their hogs with leftovers and ensure that their hogs that enter their places pass through the quarantine checkpoints for the same to be checked.
He commended the efforts of the Benguet veterinary office and the hog raisers of Kabayan town for their unrelenting and uncompromising efforts that led to the municipality being declared ASF free, the first locality in Northern Luzon to be declared as such. (ai/mtvn)