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·         Payouts for hog farmers doubled to encourage swine fever reporting

·         Antique temporarily suspends ASF checkpoints



Payouts for hog farmers doubled to encourage swine fever reporting


BusinessWorld (Philippines)

April 6, 2021


THE INDEMNIFICATION payout for hog farmers with herds affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) has been doubled to P10,000 per animal, to incentivize early reporting of infected hogs, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.


Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said in a statement Tuesday that increased payouts by the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) will ultimately control ASF, repopulate herds, and stabilize pork prices.


“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,” Mr. Dar said.


PCIC President Jovy C. Bernabe said premium-free coverage will be offered to backyard hog raisers, while discounts on premiums will be extended to commercial hog raisers...





Antique temporarily suspends ASF checkpoints


By Annabel Consuelo Petinglay, Philippine News Agency 

April 6, 2021


SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The African swine fever (ASF) Task Force of Antique has temporarily suspended the implementation of checkpoints in the southern and northern borders of the province.


Dr. Marco Rafael Ardamil, head of the Public Health Division of the Provincial Veterinary (ProVet), said the decision was made during their Monday meeting because of the implementation of the “courtesy lockdown” from April 5 to 19, 2021 against the surge of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).


As of April 4, Antique has 238 total cumulative cases with 141 active, 134 recovered, and eight deaths.


“Starting April 5 to 19, the ASF checkpoint in the southern border of Antique to Iloilo and the northern border of the province to Aklan is being suspended,” he said in an interview.


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