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Ilocos Norte helps hog farmers afflicted with the African Swine Fever (ASF)

The province and municipal governments provided alternative livelihood support to at least five tiny backyard raisers from rural Manalpac village in Solsona town, Ilocos Norte, where the index case of African swine fever (ASF) was reported.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Loida Valenzuela reported on Friday that they had just handed over two goats and nine heads of sheep to the selected beneficiaries as compensation for their losses caused by ASF, while the Solsona government had given them one calf, six heads of sheep, and six heads of free-range chicken.

Since another hamlet in Maan-anteng, Solsona town, has been traced to have been affected by ASF, additional alternative livelihood support is ongoing, according to Valenzuela.

She stated that the ASF task team is undertaking intense monitoring and preventative actions in the region to halt the development of ASF.

Over 100 pigs have been impacted by pre-emptive culling and post-culling in the barangays of Maan-anteng and Manalpac as of this writing.

All pigs within a 500-meter radius of the site inspection or ground zero must be culled, according to the rules.

She urged members of the public, particularly hog farmers, to report suspected symptoms such as high fever, decreased appetite or inappetence, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, red or blue blotches, coughing and difficulty breathing, abortion in breeder pigs, and a high mortality rate in a specific location as soon as possible.

Mayor Joseph de Lara of Solsona town urged his constituents to cooperate with local authorities, who are currently implementing guidelines issued by the Department of Agriculture through Administrative Order No. 22 series of 2020, titled “Guidelines on Swine Depopulation after African Swine Fever Confirmation.”

“We urge everyone to be extra cautious in these difficult times. We emphasize that preventing ASF is a joint responsibility of the community and the government. We humbly request your complete cooperation “De Lara assured the impacted hog raisers that the local government unit will reimburse other government agencies’ efforts to help them.

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