NABUNTURAN, Davao de Oro, Nov. 23 (PIA) - Another 34 hogs died due to African Swine Fever (ASF) in Davao de Oro.
During an interview in the State of the Province radio program aired over ZRadio 88.5FM, provincial veterinarian Dr. Rolando Simene revealed that he received a call from the Department of Agriculture confirming the presence of ASF virus from the samples of the dead hogs in Barangay Siocon, Compostela.
"Gitawag sa atoa na it was confirmed (ASF case) pero we are still waiting for the documents showing the results that it is indeed ASF," Dr. Simene said. (We received a call confirming (the ASF case), but we are still waiting for the documents showing the results that it is indeed ASF.)
Last week, DA confirmed that the first cases of ASF in the province, which occurred in Barangay Kingking, Pantukan and killed seven hogs.
With the following cases, the provincial veterinarian disclosed that all the backyard raised pigs regardless of age, within 500 meters from the ASF infected area will be culled.
"Within the week, atong iconduct ang activity for depopulation once na confirmed na (through documents) ug aduna napud tay imbentaryo sa tanang mga baboy within 500-meter radius," (Within the week, we will conduct the activity for depopulation once there is already the documents confirming the presence of ASF, and there is also an inventory of all the pigs within 500-meter radius.)
Simene also said that DA will be giving PhP 5,000 per hog as a deed of indemnity to the owners; however, the compensation will only be applied for backyard raised swine on weaning age to breeding and fattening age.
"Kung naay commercial farm (na maapektuhan sa ASF,) kailangan pa iassess sa jud," he said. (If there is a commercial (affected by the ASF), further assessment will be needed.)
To save the PhP 1.8 billion industry of the province, Simene advised the hog raisers to be educated, place biosecurity measures, and conduct periodic disinfection in their area.
"In every crisis, or disaster, there is also an opportunity. Katong magpadayon sa baboyan, ipadayon jud ninyo kay wala nay baboy sa Manila. Ningkunhod na ang supply sa baboy. Kung magkulang ang supply tas motaas ang demand, siyempre motaas ang presyo," he said. (In every crisis, or disaster, there is also an opportunity. To those who will sustain their piggery business, continue to do so. The supply of pigs is dwindling. Where there is a lack of supply, and the demand is high, of course, the prices will rise.) (PIA 11, Michael Uy)