He admitted though that Bataan could not yet be declared as ASF-free. “Not yet po, marami pa dapat gawin o procedure na kasalukuyan naming ginagawa,” said Venturina when asked if Bataan could be declared ASF-free.
The Department of Agriculture recently announced that more than 400 cities and towns in the country have not recorded news cases of African swine fever for at least 90 days. Some localities already declared some areas to be ASF-free.
The local livestock industry may be able to adapt proactively against the threats of hog virus in three years,but the DA noted that the total elimination of ASF still remains uncertain.
Recently, the state-owned Land Bank of the Philippines a P15 billion lending program for hog raisers in need of additional capital to sustain or increase production.
The DA and Land Bank signed a memorandum of understanding last March formally allowing the latter to earmark P15 billion for the government’s SWINE (Special Window for Interim Support to Nurture Hog Enterprises) program. The money would be available for commercial hog raisers registered as cooperatives or farmers’ associations, small and medium enterprises, and large enterprises or corporations.