DA upping the ante of livestock industry support to control ASF

Created on Monday, 18 April 2022

The Department of Agriculture is upping the ante of livestock industry support amid the lingering African Swine Fever (ASF).

According to Undersecretary William Medrano, there is an accounted more than three million worth of losses in the latest swine inventory in ASF-affected areas. Undersecretary Medrano said in his speech during the 1st quarter assessment and planning workshop in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, this week.The ASF is affecting the livelihood of the livestock raisers with the pig herd population heavily constrained by the outbreak. It is also impacting the milling, drugs, and biologics industry, Undersecretary Medrano added.However, a positive outlook posted by the United States GAIN-an independent observer, says that ASF-free regions of Central and Western Visayas herd size have dramatically increased, while a plunge of 71% and 49% in Central Luzon and Calabarzon, respectively, suffered major drawbacks in production.

According to OIC Regional Executive Director for Central Visayas Joel Elumba, there are encouraging developments of local government units finding ways to intensify swine production. He added that government support to the livestock industry is highly sought with the rising cost of fuel due to the recent world events, subscribing logistics support to the said sector.

Director Ruth Sonaco of the National Livestock Program cited the budget increment in 2022 which tripled or quadrupled is intended for the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE), guidelines of which will follow suit.
The nationwide support from the DA regional offices and other agencies whose representatives bared their respective accomplishments and action plans in the implementation of the INSPIRE and Bantay ASF programs of the government in the weeklong activity likewise upped the ante.