DA likely to revise protocol to address avian flu outbreak in the country – Sec. Piñol
UNTV News • September 5, 2017 • 4512
(FILE PHOTO) Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol
MANILA, Philippines — During Monday’s budget hearing at the Senate, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Manny Piñol said they are now studying the possibility of changing the protocols in addressing disease or virus outbreaks like in the case of the avian flu.
The plan is also expected to help those in the livestock industry.
Under the current guidelines, authorities have to cull all fowls affected by bird flu within the one-kilometer radius from the virus infested farm.
“Because now in Europe, the protocol is no longer like that whereas the farm that has been hit is depopulated and the rest are just put under surveillance,” Piñol said.
Meanwhile, United Broilers Raisers Association (UBRA) president, Atty. Elias Jose Inciong said, “It will increase consumer confidence, increase demand. Eventually, Sana (hopefully) sooner than later ay tumaas na yung presyo sa farm (prices at the farm will also go up).”
In line with this, Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food Chair Senator Cynthia Villar seeks to allocate a bigger fund for the livestock industry due to the huge impact the bird flu virus brought on poultry owners and workers.
“This is my question to you Agriculture Dept., you give 88% of your budget to crops which is producing 50% of your output, and you give 12% of the combination of fisherfolks and livestocks, I really pity those in the livestock industry…” Villar said.
Secretary Piñol said he is open to the lady Senator’s proposal.
Meanwhile, Secretary Piñol assured that the government is in control of the avian flu virus outbreak in some parts of Luzon.
Piñol said it is also impossible that the virus will spread in Visayas and Mindanao because of the tight security enforced at ports, and strict monitoring of farms across the country.
“What we are doing is that we strengthened actually the monitoring and surveillance. In fact I have directed all regional directors to conduct samplings of all farms all over the country,” Piñol said. – Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – Hog raisers affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) will now get P5,000 for each pig culled within the one-kilometer radius from ground zero where the deadly pig virus was detected.
So far, the Department of Agriculture (DA) already recorded more than 40,000 pigs culled due to ASF.
The DA is now strengthening its quarantine checkpoints in different parts of the country to stop the spread of the ASF virus.
On Friday (October 11), around 700 crates of pig products were seized in San Juanico Bridge in Tacloban City from Bulacan amounting to P1.6 million.
According to the Tacloban Veterinary Office, the products were confiscated for lack of necessary documents.
In his social media post, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Secretary Manny Piñol questioned why such shipment was able to pass the quarantine checkpoints in Matnog in Sorsogon and in Northern Samar.
The DA, meanwhile, said it is conducting an investigation on the matter.
“That is something that we have to find-out kung bakit nakalusot ito (why it passed slip the quarantine checkpoints),” said DA Undersecretary Ariel Cayanan.
Meat processors, on the other hand, fear of possible loss in income of up to P55 billion if the government will not impose a more concrete system in banning the transportation of pork products.
According to the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI), their products undergo proper food treatment to eliminate the ASF virus.
“Processed meats are not carriers of ASF,” explained PAMPI Spokesperson Rex Agarrado.
“Processed meats are all processed at temperatures that kill the organism,” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
The Department of Finance (DOF) is coordinating with the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the full TradeNet rollout.
TradeNet.gov.ph will simplify import and export documentary processes covering an initial 7,400 regulated products.
According to the DOF, TradeNet aims to speed up cargo clearances and promote economic integration by enabling the electronic exchange of border documents among the 10 ASEAN member-states.
Finance Undersecretary Gil Beltran said the DA is a key component of TradeNet since it is one of the regulatory bodies that process permits for imports and exports, particularly of agricultural products such as rice.
“The DA has created project teams for integrating sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) certificates in TradeNet and the ASEAN Single Window (ASW),” he said.
Once TradeNet is fully operational, traders may apply online for import and export permits for commodities such as rice, sugar, used motor vehicles, chemicals (toluene), frozen meat, medicines (for humans, animals, or fish) and cured tobacco, Beltran said.—AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) has allotted an initial amount of P60M to fund a loan program for hog raisers affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in the country.
Under the loan program, affected hog raisers are entitled to loan up to P30,000, with no interest, and collateral-free.
The initial amount will accommodate around 2,000 hog raisers, with priority given to hog raisers in Rizal, Bulacan and Quezon City.
According to Agriculture Secretary William Dar, hog farmers may prefer to raise other livestock such as chicken or goat.
They may, likewise, prefer to shift to vegetable farming.
“With this capital to tide them over, affected swine raisers can engage in any appropriate livelihood venture like broiler, layer and goat raising, and vegetable production,” Dar said.
So far, culling operations across infected areas have put down 15,000 pigs.
Hog raisers are paid P3,000 for every animal culled.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, meanwhile, said they still have to cull around 1,000 pigs from Barangay Payatas and Bagong Silangan.
Belmonte said they would ask the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DWSD)— in case their P10M fund falls short — to assist affected hog farmers.
“Once they are cleared, hindi na po tayo papayag na sa Barangay Bagong Silangan at sa Payatas ay magkakaroon ulit ng piggery (Once they are cleared, we will no longer allow anyone from Barangay Bagong Silangan and Payatas to have a piggery),” Belmonte concluded. – MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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