Livelihood aid delivered to ASF-affected community in Ilocos Norte


Jun. 17, 2021 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and the Local Government of Solsona provided alternative livelihood assistance last Tuesday, June 15, to five (5) small backyard raisers from Barangay Manalpac, where the index case of African Swine Fever (ASF) was recorded.

To make up for the losses caused by ASF, the Provincial Veterinary Office's (PVET) livestock facility provided two (2) goats and nine (9) heads of sheep, while Solsona's roll-over project one (1) calf, six (6) heads of sheep, and six (6) heads of free-range chicken.

However, ASF has been detected in another area of Solsona, specifically in Barangay Maan-anteng. The Department of Agriculture (DA), PGIN, and the Local Government of Solsona are conducting intensive surveillance and preventive measures to further curb the spread of ASF at the source.

Over 100 hogs were affected by pre-emptive culling and post-culling in Barangay Maan-anteng and Barangay Manalpac, respectively, as of June 16, 2021.

Based on the DA guidelines, all pigs within a 500-meter radius of the affected location, whether or not infected with ASF, shall be killed.

Moreover, Dr. Loida Valenzuela, the Provincial Veterinarian, stated that more alternative livelihood assistance is underway since affected farmers are not allowed to raise hogs until the ASF is completely eradicated.

She also urged the public, particularly hog farmers, to report immediately suspected symptoms such as high fever, decreased appetite or inappetence, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, red or blue blotches, coughing and difficulty breathing, abortion in breeder pigs, and a high mortality rate in a specific location.