DA to work with private sector to jointly address ASF threats
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has pledged to closely cooperate with the private sector in addressing hog concerns amid the African Swine Fever (ASF) threats.
“In partnership with the private sector, we are implementing stronger measures to manage, contain and control the incidence of increased deaths among pigs raised in backyards in certain parts of Luzon,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.
He made this assurance to cushion off said situation. To recall, an abnormal increase in the mortality of pigs were recently reported in some areas in the country, and though the DA won’t confirm it, reports have shown that these hog deaths were recorded in three locations in Rizal province.
Dar has already ordered the revival and strengthening of the Crisis Management Team (CMT) to oversee the planning and implementation of appropriate measures on these deaths.
The private sector will be part of the CMT, which DA will institutionalize along with the local government units (LGUs).
“We want the active participation of the private sector and LGUs so that we can gain their full involvement and commitment, including other technical teams that will monitor and evaluate recent events,” Dar said.
“We assure the animal industry stakeholders and the general public that we are doing everything possible,” he added.