Phl hog industry needs P27-B to recover from impact of ASF — DA

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021   •   310

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking for fund sources to address the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the country’s hog industry.

Specifically, the DA needs up to P27 billion for its hog recovery program, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

This year alone, the DA requires an additional P6.6 billion for the repopulation of hogs.

Since the ASF outbreak began in 2019, the country has already lost over three million heads of pigs, Dar noted.

The DA is expecting an amount from the Bayanihan 3 but since the government has declared a state of calamity due to ASF, the agency is expecting an additional source of funds for the program.

“Kung may resource kami na pwede naming i-realign ito po ay pwede nang gagawin dito po sa under the state of calamity,” Dar noted.

Secretary Dar said it would take about three years before the country achieves the average number of hogs as before and it will need an overall budget of P27 billion.

Also part of the hog recovery program is funding ASF test kits and the procurement of a potential vaccine against ASF that is currently under clinical trial. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

4 na probinsya sa Cagayan Valley, tinamaan ng ASF

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 31, 2021

Muling nakapagtala ng mga kaso ng African Swine Fever (ASF) ang apat na probinsya sa Cagayan Valley Region. Kabilang dito ang probinsya ng Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Quirino at Cagayan.

Mahigit 20 mga bayan na lamang sa mga ito ang ASF-free habang nanatiling walang kaso ng ASF sa probinsya ng Batanes.

Ayon sa regional director ng Department of Agriculture Region 2 na si Director Narciso Edillo, isa sa itinuturong dahilan ng paglaganap ng ASF sa rehiyon ay ang kakulangan sa paghihigpit sa inter-municipal ASF checkpoint kaya naman naipupuslit ang mga kontaminadong karne.

Sa ulat ni Edillo, nagsimula na ang mga disinfection sa mga farm upang masiguro sa hindi lumala ang paglaganap ng ASF sa lugar.

“Nagkaroon ng disinfection ng mga farm and backyards, lalo na yung mga backyards kasi dito sa Region II 95% ng backyards ina-apply natin yung mga biosecurity,” aniya.

Aabot sa 1,411 hog farmers ang apektado ng ASF sa rehiyon at nasa 5,500 na baboy na ang isinailalim sa culling.

Bilang tulong sa mga hog farmers nagbigay naman ang mga lokal na pamahalaan ng P3,000 kada isang baboy na naapektuhan ng ASF.

Mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ng DA at ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang pag labas-pasok ng mga kontaminadong karne ng baboy.

Tinukoy naman na under control ang kaso ng ASF sa apat na probinsya sa Region 2.

Samantala, isinailalim naman sa red zone (infected zone) ang Laoag City matapos ring makapagtala ng kaso ng ASF sa ilang barangay.

Aabot sa mahigit 5,000 baboy na ang natukoy ng DA na apektado ng ASF. Binigyan rin ng tulong pinansiyal ang mga hog raisers sa Laoag City para sa mga baboy na naapektuhan ng ASF.

Patuloy ang isinasagawang testing at pag-control sa mga kaso ng ASF sa dalawang rehiyon.

Philippines to export more mangoes, pineapples to US

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More Philippine-grown mangoes and pineapples will soon be exported to the United States, the Department of Agriculture (DA) announced.

The DA said the development comes after its Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) reached a deal during a virtual meeting held on August 12.

“Expanding the export market of Philippine pineapples and mangoes in the US and other countries will not only enhance our national economy, but more importantly, provide increased incomes to thousands of farmers and their families in pineapple- and mango-producing provinces nationwide,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.

The recent agreement between the APHIS and BPI could dramatically increase the country’s exports of pineapples and resume shipments of mangoes to the US via additional ports of entry, he added.

The Philippines currently exports fresh pineapples to the US through Guam, Commonwealth of Marianas Island, and North Atlantic regions. From 2013 to July 15, 2021, exports amounted to only 346,190 kilograms.

The country previously exported fresh mangoes to the US, from 2005 to 2008, totaling 386,099 kilograms, all produced in Guimaras Island, the DA added.

The DA said USDA-APHIS accepted evidence that the Philippines’ main export pineapple variety is not a host to the oriental fruit fly.

The fruit pest, known scientifically as Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), is very destructive and often finds its way into the US, sometimes triggering wide-scale eradication programs.

The Philippines may start shipping pineapples to various US markets before year-end, the DA said.

Local hog industry laments competition with low-priced imported pork

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Local hog raisers are complaining about competing with imported pork in local markets that is considerably cheaper than their produce.

“Hindi po namin kaya ang presyo ng imported. As of now, if we follow the price of imported, all of us will lose money, not only here in Luzon but in Visayas and Mindanao,” said Chester Warren Tan, president of the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc.

Tan said they are spending huge amounts of money on buying imported feeds for their hogs.

Based on data presented by Trade Undersecretary Ruth Castelo during the hearing in Congress on Tuesday (August 10), the price of frozen pork ranges from P220 to P250 per kilogram in supermarkets.

“All 84 stores within the National Capital Region are participating in the Presyong Resonable dapat all frozen meat,” Castelo said.

But based on the data gathered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) from local wet markets, the price of pork ranges from P320 to P360 per kilogram.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said, once imported meat gets into the local market, the price of pork is expected to drop.

“As volume comes sa supply augmentation nga natin out of the MAV plus, itong period hanggang October nga po ay merong naka-calibrate na 140,000 metric tons. If many of these will arrive slowly it will also impact the prices of local pork,” Dar explained.

This alarms local hog raisers.

“As local producers umaasa po kami sa fresh sa wet market. Kung ang gusto po ng Department of Agriculture na mangyari is to push sa wet market yung frozen product, ano ang mangyayari sa local producers? Ibig sabihin huminto na lamang kami,” said Tan.

But the DA said there are existing programs designed to help local hog raisers.

One is the agency’s repopulation program for hog raisers affected by the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and the DA’s P42 billion loan program.

As of August 10, only 29 barangays still have active cases of ASF in the country which is a big improvement, according to the DA.

Meanwhile, a total of 468 municipalities have been declared ASF-free. Nevertheless, Dar said the problem is still here.

“I did not claim that wala ng problema sa ASF. Meron pa rin tayo. Lingering nga. Itong ASF has contributed so much in reducing the supply and inventory,” he said.

Thus, the DA Secretary is asking Congress to provide them an additional P6.6 billion funding  to help the local hog industry recover from the impact of ASF.

“Kasama of course ang Kongreso kasi kayo ang nag-approve. P1.5 billion lang. So will that be enough for repopulation? No. We need additional P6.6 billion this year,” Dar said. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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