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ASF STATE OF CALAMITY TO HELP HOG RAISERS RECOVER

Extra funds may now be accessed to help hog raisers recover from the African swine fever (ASF), Senator Kiko Pangilinan said as he welcomes the declaration of a nationwide State of Calamity. “Matagal natin isinusulong ang hiling ng industriya at mabuti naman na sa wakas ay may deklarasyon na. Malaking tulong ang dagdag na pondo […]

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ALLOW GOV’T TO DIRECTLY PROCURE PORK – QUIMBO

A lawmaker stressed the need for policies that can help bring down commodity prices, particularly food prices, as the inflation in April remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.5 percent. Marikina City Representative Stella Quimbo said the main contributor continues to be the inflation for food and non-alcoholic beverages, which made up 40.9% of […]

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DECLARE ASF STATE OF CALAMITY NOW! – PANGILINAN

Over a month since the Senate passed a resolution urging the declaration of a state of calamity due to the African swine fever (ASF) which is needed to free up funds to address the disease, government officials say that a resolution has already been cleared for approval of the President. The Senate Committee of the […]

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DA STARTS AFRICAN SWINE FEVER VACCINE TRIALS – DAR

The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) — in collaboration with a U.S. vaccine company, and Zoetiz, a global animal health company — has started initial vaccine trials in areas previously affected by the dreaded African Swine Fever (ASF). Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the ASF vaccine trials started on April […]

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VILLANUEVA TO GOV’T: AID ASF-HIT PIGGERIES FIRST

Government assistance to devastated local pig farms must arrive ahead of pork imports, Senator Joel Villanueva said in warning agriculture officials that “farmers will feel betrayed if imports will flood the market, while aid to them will come in trickles.” “Mahirap naman kung ang ETA o estimated time of arrival ng imported pork ay mas […]

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NO TO ‘OPEN SEASON’ ON IMPORTED PORK – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva declared that cutting tariffs and increasing the volume of imported pork would lead to a flooded meat market which would undermine efforts to get the country’s pig farmers back on their feet. “Give our people imported pork, and we feed them for a day or even a month. But if we help […]

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DA SENDS ‘SENTINEL’ PIGS TO ASF-FREE AREAS – DAR

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is distributing “sentinel” piglets in areas where there are no reported cases of the African swine fever (ASF) for at least 90 days, initially in eight regions, benefitting 8,000 small hog raisers. “The sentinelling is a prelude to the Duterte administration’s swine repopulation program to increase hog production, and subsequently […]

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SENATE TO TACKLE PORK SMUGGLING, ASF — PANGILINAN

Pointing out the difference in the pork import figures of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) for 2020, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the Senate will try to solve both the suspected massive smuggling of pork products and the African swine fever (ASF), which has severely affected local hog growers. […]

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PORK IMPORTATION IS NOT ASF SOLUTION – VILLANUEVA

Senator Joel Villanueva called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to “do everything in its power” to find a solution against the African swine flu (ASF) crisis, while at the same time providing aid to a now struggling local hog industry in danger of slaughter from calls to increase the importation of pork. “This food […]

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DA-PCIC DOUBLES ASF HOG INDEMNITY – DAR

As the Duterte administration intensifies efforts to encourage hog raisers badly-hit by the African Swine Fever (ASF) to get back to business and subsequently stabilize pork supply and prices, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (DA-PCIC) is increasing its indemnity for hogs culled due to ASF. […]