Abucay braces for ASF menace

THE municipal government of Abucay is preparing appropriate measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in its villages following reports of animal viral disease that has affected nearby towns of Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Orani and Samal.

Abucay town Acting Mayor Robin Tagle said he had a heart-to-heart dialogue with the owners of 57 backyard piggery and 12 commercial farmers to discuss important protocols concerning the possibility of ASF reaching the municipality’s remote and mountainous villages.

Tagle also tackled the issue of compensation for the owners of piggeries that may be affected by the ASF. At present, there are more or less 10,000 hog population in Abucay.
The Abucay Vice Mayor said the municipal government had mobilized employees and other government workers to assist in the information and education campaign about the ASF. “The municipal government has yet to hire a veterinary officer to perform this job,” Tagle said.

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