Hog raisers in Bataan affected by pernicious African swine ever (ASF) will soon get a shot in the arm in the next few months with the more than P85 million assistance from the Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Alberto Venturina, provincial veterinarian, said the DA is going to release funding plus 2,000 piglets under the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) program.
The DA, Venturina said, is now validating prospective beneficiaries in the province’s different municipalities. Recommended beneficiaries are cooperatives and hog raisers associations.
“Hopefully, implementation of the program will be until second quarter of the year,” Venturina said. The DA said the country’s hog industry is finally recuperating two years after the ASF devastated almost 3,000 barangays (villages) including those in Bataan.
Early cases of ASF were detected in August 2019 in the towns of Dinalupihan, Hermosa,, and much later in Orani, Samal, Bagac and Morong.