Efficacy of ASF vaccine known in 2 months
PORK SUPPLY CRISIS
THE efficacy of the first clinical trial of the vaccine known to control African Swine Fever (ASF) in some affected areas will be known in two months.
This was bared by Agriculture Secretary William Dar on May 28 when he visited Sta. Barbara town for the inauguration of the rice processing center and the Garlic Tissue Culture Laboratory.
“Within the year, the first phase of the trial will be finished. That’s 84 days,” Dar said.” By then, I am hopeful within the year we would already be clarified whether this vaccine will be effective or not,” he added.
Citing the 26 percent of the total hog inventory of the country hit by ASF, Dar said it
resulted in low production of pork that led to the increase of price thus the Philippines resorted to importing pork from other countries.
Dar rejected the accusation hurled by disgruntled sectors saying that the government is killing the hog industry in the country by bringing in more imports of pork “ but they are not citing the aspect that we have ASF”.
He said despite pressure from some pressure from members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Cabinet stood pat (and)” and did all to balance the pros and cons.
Dar said DA is supporting the repopulation and recovery of the hog industry and at the same time, whatever is lacking in the pork supply for the consuming public should only be what must be imported”.
Meanwhile, Dar said P461-million needed by the DA for the indemnification fund for those affected by the culling operation brought by the ASF is already being released.
DA Region 1 Executive Director Nestor Domenden said the provision of indemnification fund for affected hog raisers is continuing in the area. (Eva Visperas)
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