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Ilocos Norte is preparing for a program to repopulate swine.

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The government’s African swine fever (ASF) recovery program calls for the shipment of nearly 700 piglets from Cebu City to Ilocos Norte.

The first batch of sentinel piglets will be taken in by hog raisers in Pasuquin town who were among the first qualifying recipients of the Department of Agriculture program, according to Loida Valenzuela, the provincial veterinarian of Ilocos Norte, in an interview on Monday.

The sentinels will be tested after being followed for more than a month as part of the 40-day sentineling program. If the tests come back clean, the region will be deemed ASF-free and hog repopulation can begin.

According to Valenzuela, the respective Municipal Agriculture Offices and barangay local governments are also right now assessing additional qualified hog raisers around the province for the hog sentineling program.

“Pasuquin had already asked about 45 heads [piglets]. According to RT-PCR testing done in Manila, they have already been cleared [from ASF] laboratory-wise. We are only anticipating the official announcement, according to Valenzuela.

According to Valenzuela, the Provincial Veterinary Office of Ilocos Norte continues to provide feeds, vitamins, and animal deworming as production support to hog farmers.

Farmers can also request access to agricultural supplies including seeds for fruits and vegetables, fertilizer, and insecticides.

This is a result of our economic recovery program, she continued, providing various means of support for our farmers.

Backyard hog raisers had previously prepared for the ASF recovery program prior to the sentineling program by sanitizing and sterilizing the locations where the sentinel hogs will be placed.

The ASF test kits, reader and laboratory equipment, power sprayers, ASF responder kits, and disinfectants were all given by the DA.

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