Phl hog industry needs P27-B to recover from impact of ASF — DA

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021   •   335

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking for fund sources to address the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the country’s hog industry.

Specifically, the DA needs up to P27 billion for its hog recovery program, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar.

This year alone, the DA requires an additional P6.6 billion for the repopulation of hogs.

Since the ASF outbreak began in 2019, the country has already lost over three million heads of pigs, Dar noted.

The DA is expecting an amount from the Bayanihan 3 but since the government has declared a state of calamity due to ASF, the agency is expecting an additional source of funds for the program.

“Kung may resource kami na pwede naming i-realign ito po ay pwede nang gagawin dito po sa under the state of calamity,” Dar noted.

Secretary Dar said it would take about three years before the country achieves the average number of hogs as before and it will need an overall budget of P27 billion.

Also part of the hog recovery program is funding ASF test kits and the procurement of a potential vaccine against ASF that is currently under clinical trial. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DA allots initial P822 million to aid farmers, fishers affected by ‘Maring’

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines ­– The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it has allotted an initial P822-million worth of various interventions to assist farmers and fisherfolk affected by Severe Tropical Storm Maring.

Maring caused damage to major crops, livestock, and fishery products, mostly in Northern Luzon, particularly in Regions 1, 2, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

“We will continue to provide our typhoon and flood-affected farmers and fisherfolk in Northern Luzon and other areas with immediate aid and much-needed assistance to recover and start anew after the damage and loss in their livelihood and income,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.

Of the total P822 million assistance, the DA said that P650 million will be allotted for the provision of emergency loans to affected farmers and fishers under the SURE Calamity Loan Assistance Program through the DA-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC).

“Each affected household can borrow P20,000, at zero interest, no collateral, and payable in 10 years,” it added.

Aside from the agricultural loan, the DA said it has also allotted P172 million under its Quick Response Fund (QRF) for the rehabilitation of affected areas in Regions 1,2, and CAR.

“These interventions are over and above the regular assistance provided by the DA to farmers and fishers affected by typhoons and other natural calamities,” it added.

The department said that the following assistance package are ready for distribution to beneficiaries:

  • Close to 169,000 bags of certified rice seeds
  • 16,600 bags of certified corn seeds
  • 1,480 kilograms of assorted vegetable seeds;
  • Drugs and biologics for livestock and poultry
  • Indemnification for affected farmers/fishers from Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC)

As of October 13, the estimated damage to agriculture has amounted to P692 million with 32,392 farmers and fisherfolk affected. Damages and losses recorded were mostly on rice (P498 million), corn (P120 million), high-value crops (P56 million), livestock and poultry (P6 million), and fisheries (P12 million).

Due to early planting and harvesting, the DA noted that about 60 percent of the wet season rice crop was already harvested.

Farmers were also advised to save their respective crops and livestock, including harvest of mature crops, draining of fields to avoid flooding, securing livestock to higher ground, and pruning of fruit trees, among other needed precautions.

As a result, more than P2.86-billion worth of rice and corn were saved, some 141,635 metric tons of rice worth P2.08 billion in Regions 1 and 2 were harvested, while corn farmers in Region 2 were able to save 55,654 MT worth P779.15 million.

 

Makabayan Bloc seeks probe into proliferation of smuggled vegetables in local markets

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The House Makabayan bloc is pushing for an investigation into the alleged proliferation of smuggled vegetables in some markets across the country.

In filing House Resolution No. 2263, the bloc urged the House Committee on Agriculture and Food to launch an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on reports that smuggled carrots and other vegetables from overseas have flooded major markets in the country since August of this year.

The bloc noted that the League of Association at the La Trinidad Trading Areas has complained that four container vans full of alleged smuggled carrots are delivered to the Carbon Market in Cebu City every week and being sold at P50 per kilo in various markets.

“The said contraband carrots are believed to be coming from China and are allegedly injected with chemicals to prolong the shelf life,” the resolution read.

Some ‘hot cabbages’ were also reportedly being distributed in Divisoria Market in Manila at P70 per kilo which is much lower than the prices of Benguet cabbage pegged at P115 to P125 a kilo.

The bloc also noted reports about small warehouses near Divisoria where imported vegetables are allegedly stored and are released in the market when Benguet vegetable prices are high.

“Vegetable disposers at the La Trinidad Post in Benguet said that orders have drastically dropped due to the proliferation of smuggled carrots in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro, among other cities,” it said.

“From the previous 100 sacks of carrots a day, vegetable disposers said they are only able to dispose of at least 30 sacks of carrots a day,” it added.

The Department of Agriculture earlier said it is investigating reports on smuggled vegetables in local markets and warned the public against buying these items that may contain possible pesticide residue and may not be fit for consumption.

4 na probinsya sa Cagayan Valley, tinamaan ng ASF

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 31, 2021

Muling nakapagtala ng mga kaso ng African Swine Fever (ASF) ang apat na probinsya sa Cagayan Valley Region. Kabilang dito ang probinsya ng Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Quirino at Cagayan.

Mahigit 20 mga bayan na lamang sa mga ito ang ASF-free habang nanatiling walang kaso ng ASF sa probinsya ng Batanes.

Ayon sa regional director ng Department of Agriculture Region 2 na si Director Narciso Edillo, isa sa itinuturong dahilan ng paglaganap ng ASF sa rehiyon ay ang kakulangan sa paghihigpit sa inter-municipal ASF checkpoint kaya naman naipupuslit ang mga kontaminadong karne.

Sa ulat ni Edillo, nagsimula na ang mga disinfection sa mga farm upang masiguro sa hindi lumala ang paglaganap ng ASF sa lugar.

“Nagkaroon ng disinfection ng mga farm and backyards, lalo na yung mga backyards kasi dito sa Region II 95% ng backyards ina-apply natin yung mga biosecurity,” aniya.

Aabot sa 1,411 hog farmers ang apektado ng ASF sa rehiyon at nasa 5,500 na baboy na ang isinailalim sa culling.

Bilang tulong sa mga hog farmers nagbigay naman ang mga lokal na pamahalaan ng P3,000 kada isang baboy na naapektuhan ng ASF.

Mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ng DA at ng Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ang pag labas-pasok ng mga kontaminadong karne ng baboy.

Tinukoy naman na under control ang kaso ng ASF sa apat na probinsya sa Region 2.

Samantala, isinailalim naman sa red zone (infected zone) ang Laoag City matapos ring makapagtala ng kaso ng ASF sa ilang barangay.

Aabot sa mahigit 5,000 baboy na ang natukoy ng DA na apektado ng ASF. Binigyan rin ng tulong pinansiyal ang mga hog raisers sa Laoag City para sa mga baboy na naapektuhan ng ASF.

Patuloy ang isinasagawang testing at pag-control sa mga kaso ng ASF sa dalawang rehiyon.

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