ASF now in more areas in Mindanao
The deadly swine disease African Swine Fever (ASF) is now in more areas in Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture confirmed.
In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar confirmed the incidence of ASF, affecting dozens of hogs in two barangays (Dominga and Lamanan) in Calinan District, Davao City.
The hogs were brought by traders from a livestock auction market, in Sulop, Davao del Sur, that sources hogs from nearby towns of Don Marcelino and Malita, in Davao Occidental, that were earlier declared as ASF-infected areas,
Dar said he continued to consult with Mindanao local chief executives and hog industry leaders to effectively manage, contain, control and prevent the spread of ASF.
He also commend Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte for leading the efforts in containing ASF in Calinan, and offering an additional P5,000 per head on top of the P5,000 given by the DA to each affected hog raiser.
The ASF incursion in Calinan was first reported on January 27, when abnormal swine deaths occurred in barangays Dominga and Lamanan, according to a Davao City livestock technician. Blood samples were taken and tested at the DA’s regional animal diagnostic laboratory in Bago Oshiro, and found positive of ASF.
As of February 9, 407 heads of hogs were culled, out of the total swine population of 2,398 in the two barangays, according to DA region 11 director Ricardo Onate, Jr.