THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has urged hog raisers to report African swine fever (ASF)-infected hogs to prevent the further spread of the disease that is affecting the country’s hog industry.
In a press release, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the DA through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (DA-PCIC) is increasing its indemnity for hogs culled due to ASF.
“Through the PCIC insurance program, we are doubling the indemnification payout for every pig that contracts ASF from P5,000 to P10,000. With the increased indemnity, hog raisers are encouraged to report affected pigs, thus controlling the ASF from spreading,” the DA chief said.
This is to intensify efforts to encourage hog raisers badly hit by ASF to get back to business and subsequently stabilize pork supply and prices.
In Central Visayas, the DA 7 maintained its stringent efforts to keep the region ASF-free, with Bohol and Negros Oriental supporting Metro Manila in its hog supply.
The DA 7 said the region will focus on hog repopulation and will enforce stricter quarantine measures.
According to Dar, the PCIC swine industry insurance program strongly complements the DA’s twin program of Bantay ASF sa Barangay to effectively control, contain and manage the ASF, and the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion or hog repopulation program to revive the country’s swine industry.
DA-PCIC president lawyer Jovy Bernabe said the swine insurance program is a relaxed version of the agency’s regular livestock insurance program, offering free premium payments for backyard raisers and discounted premium for commercial hog raisers, and increased indemnity payments for culled hogs.
“For backyard swine raisers, the subsidy will be 100 percent of the premium cost, provided they are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture, while for commercial swine raisers, the premium subsidy will be discounted,” Bernabe said.
For backyard farmers, the DA-PCIC provides a 1.75 percent premium for fatteners and 3.5 percent for breeders, which are waived as free.
Commercial farmers pay the same premium rates, discounted from the regular rates of 2.25 percent and four percent, for their stocks to be covered.
He added that the insurance covers P10,000 per head for fatteners, P14,500 per head for breeders and P34,000 per head for parent stocks.
Bernabe said aside from backyard swine raisers and farmers’ cooperatives, the insurance program will also cover local government units, and state colleges and universities, which implement respective hog fattening and breeding programs. (JOB)