BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar calls for the cooperation of hog raisers in Mindanao to curb the spread the African swine fever (ASF) in the island.
With the ASF spreading over Davao provinces and the declaration of an outbreak in Davao Occidental, entry points for hog shipping in Mindanao have implemented stricter inspection, especially in areas near the said affected provinces.
In Caraga, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga has activated the Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Animal Disease Task Force to create interventions and preventive measures for the issue regionwide.
In addition, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte has established a task force to counter the spread of ASF and has implemented additional quarantine measures by establishing quarantine stations in the municipalities of RTR and Carmen.
The local government in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has also prohibited backyard hog raisers from practicing swill feeding, or feeding hogs with a mixture of leftover food.
Andanar also emphasized that independent hog raisers make up a significant portion of the hog industry in the country but are usually left unmonitored. Their commitment to abide by the necessary protocol and procedures will greatly contribute to the eradication of ASF in the country. (DMNR/VLG/PIA-Caraga)