DA chief calls for unified action versus ASF
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said this is the time to unite and be part of a national movement to eradicate the African Swine Fever (ASF), a swine disease that has been killing hogs in several areas in Luzon and Mindanao.
He said the Department of Agriculture (DA) continues to forge strong partnerships with local chief executives, national associations of veterinarians, and hog raisers’ federations to enhance existing biosecurity and quarantine measures to effectively manage, control and contain the spread of ASF in the country.
“It is important to understand the potential impacts of ASF, so we can prepare this early the alternative plans and recovery plans,” Dar said.
“The ASF outbreak could impact adversely on the country’s more than P400-billion hog industry and ancillary industries if no action is done,” he added.
He then challenged the private sector veterinarians to volunteer and join forces with the DA’s ASF Crisis Management Task Force (CMT) in the monitoring and surveillance, information dissemination, and planning on how to manage, contain, and control the spread of ASF.
“It will be the whole of the nation movement led by you,” he noted.
Since the country’s first ASF incidence in Rodriguez, Rizal was confirmed in August 2019, the DA chief immediately formed the ASF CMT enlisting as members leaders of hog raisers’ groups, meat processors, traders, and other swine industry leaders.