Solon seeks for higher indemnity payment for hog raisers
In areas with confirmed cases of African Swine Fever, the government is required to go after all the pigs and cull them to contain the virus. For every pig culled, the Department of Agriculture (DA) only pays hog raisers P3,500. And that’s where the problem is.
AGAP Partylist Representative Rico B. Geron said that the indemnity fund is too small that it is not even enough to cover the market value of the pigs.
“You don’t realize how painful it is for the hog raisers to surrender their pigs for culling. The DA should increase the compensation a little bit to encourage raisers to surrender voluntarily,” Geron said in a Manila Bulletin report.
He said this to Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Ariel Cayanan, who said they will study Geron’s proposal.
According to Geron, the small indemnity fund is what’s causing the spread of ASF virus in other parts of Luzon because hog raisers have been illegally transporting their infected pigs in order to spare them from government’s culling.
He then suggested that the DA should at least pay 70 to 75 percent of the pigs’ market value when they are culled.