IN a bid to revive the once thriving hog industry in Pangasinan that lost heavily to the African Swine Fever (ASF) and to check if the lethal hogs disease is finally contained, the Department of Agriculture will soon allow a limited number of raisers to re-start hog raising.
This was revealed by Dr. Jovito Tabarejos, acting provincial veterinarian, who said the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian, has submitted list of 4,000 hog raisers in the province who can be qualified to re-start hog raising in their areas.
The ASF that raged on in Pangasinan since the second quarter of 2019, has decimated the local hog population raised in the backyard and in farms, many of which were even insulated with bio-security.
The DA is expected to give sentinel hogs to qualified growers to raise and their performance will gauge if the ASF is already gone.
Dr. Tabarejos said the sentinel hogs will be observed for 45 days and if they stay healthy within that period, more sentinel hogs will be raised.
Last week, a backyard raiser from Manaoag shared a photo taken by his mobile phone showing 14 piglets that came from his sow that just gave birth.
He was immediately advised to seek the assistance of a local veterinarian for clinical protection of his animals from ASF.
It will be recalled that ASF raged in many parts of Luzon that affected the supply of hogs and resulted in drastic rise in market prices of meat in Metro Manila.
If the experiment will be successful, there may not be no more need for government to import pork from other countries or source hogs in Visayas and Mindanao. (Leonardo Micua)
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