By Eileen Mencias
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said 216,00 more pigs were culled after a new African Swine Fever outbreak in Mindanao.
Dar, however, assured there was enough supply of pork and pork products in the country even as the country’s swine inventory fell below 12.5 million heads.
DA said the culled pigs only accounted for 1.7% of the total swine population.
Of the 216,000 culled, only 13% or 28,080 pigs were sick.
The rest had to be culled as required in the Department of Agriculture’s A’s l1-7-10 protocol wherein hogs within a one-kilometer radius of the outbreak are depopulated. Pigs within a seven-kilometer radius are strictly monitored and entry/exit of pigs within the 10-kilometer radius is restricted.
The 1-7-10 protocol, however, only applies to backyard hog raisers. An amendment to the guidelines released on September 25, allowed commercial farms to rneeut pigs from within the one-kilometer radius and bring them to an accredited slaughterhouse to sell as pork for as long as it is certified to be free of ASF.
The DA reported an outbreak in Don Marcelino and Malita in Davao Occidental and in Calinan district in Davao City.
Dar blamed the ASF outbreak in Mindanao for the swill feeding but the DA said the origin of the disease is still being traced.
Other possible sources of ASF include food wastes.