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Bukidnon prov’l vet urges hog raisers to dispose of livestock amid ASF scare

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/05:20:08pm 04/08/2021


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THE provincial veterinary office of Bukidnon has urged backyard pig growers in the province to dispose of their livestock soon as the African Swine Fever (ASF) has continued to wreak havoc on the hog industry in the region.

Bukidnon prov’l vet urges hog raisers to dispose of livestock amid ASF scare



By Jigger J. Jerusalem



THE provincial veterinary office of Bukidnon has urged backyard pig growers in the province to dispose of their livestock soon as the African Swine Fever (ASF) has continued to wreak havoc on the hog industry in the region.



Dr. Nancy Diez, Bukidnon provincial veterinarian, in a radio interview Wednesday said hog raisers must not take chances as the ASF could enter the province.



Diez said that although security measures have been implemented in Bukidnon, there is no assurance that the ASF could not slip through the borders and infect the hogs in the province.



She added the provincial government has mobilized its ASF watch units and volunteers to monitor the entry of livestock into the province.



In a statement, Bukidnon 3rd District Rep. Manuel Zubiri is calling for a tighter monitoring even as the ASF has not yet affected Bukidnon.



Bukidnon is considered as the largest producer of live hogs and pork products in the region and has been supplying other parts of the country even before the ASF was reported.



Zubiri has echoed agriculture secretary William Dar’s urging to swine raisers to report to authorities if they have noticed ASF symptoms in their livestock.



According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Bukidnon has 610,599 hogs, the highest recorded inventory of swine in Northern Mindanao.

The province also posted the biggest increase in swine inventory by 5.6 percent. Other provinces which posted increases in inventory next to Bukidnon are Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental.

The ASF, according to the International Livestock Research Institute, is a contagious viral disease that affects domestic pigs and wild boar, leading to high mortality. It does not affect people. But humans can spread the disease and infect pigs in many ways.