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ASF infestation incurs P3.2-M damage in Kidapawan

September 14, 2020 - Monday 9:09 PM by PNA

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KIDAPAWAN CITY – Damage wrought by the hemorrhagic African swine fever (ASF) infestation here is now at PHP3.2 million, the city veterinary office reported Monday.

Dr. Eugene Gornez, chief of the City Veterinary Office (CVO), said the number of depopulated hogs and affected villages also climbed since the first ASF case here was recorded in June this year.

CVO data showed that it has so far depopulated 651 hogs from 124 owners in the affected villages of Gayola, Linangkob, Mua-an, and Sikitan.

“Surveys and gathering of samples are being done by our personnel regularly in all adjacent villages to swiftly impose precautionary measures and to stop massive infestation”, Gornez said.

The local government unit (LGU) is currently imposing strict measures against the hog disease.

“Hogs for consumption are required to be culled at the city slaughterhouse to ensure safety and for us to check the condition of hogs on any ASF manifestations”, Gornez said.

The local government has mounted checkpoints in all entry points, particularly in the affected villages, to control and confiscate any meat products coming from the area.

According to Gornez, two commercial piggery establishments within the infested zone were exempted from culling after securing ASF-free certificates from the Bureau of Animal Industry.

The two piggery establishments were found compliant with “bio-security” regulations, as certified by the Department of Agriculture, that include the building of high-perimeter fences, regular disinfection, and the hiring of private veterinarians.

“The piggery owners can only dispose of their hogs on the ‘red zone’, which are the infected areas, and the ‘pink zone’ or the adjacent buffer areas,” Gornez said. John Andrew Tabugoc