MANILA – The agriculture department distributed P32 million livelihood assistance on Friday to pig farmers in Rodriguez, Rizal, to increase revenue after the city was affected by African swine fever.
At least 711 pig farmers in 6 villages received 105 cattle, 305 goats, 30,000 laying hens, 3,100 broiler chickens and 1,500 quails, said Agriculture Department (DA) officials.
The first outbreak of PPA in the country was recorded in Rodríguez, Rizal, in 2019, where at least 7,000 pigs died due to the disease.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar declared the ASF-free city on Thursday.
“We monitored from September to January, that is, 5 and a half months, the occurrence of wala nang after nung unang saved (there were no more occurrences after the first save),” he said.
The pig farmer in Rodriguez must still wait 6 months before restarting pig operations because the possibility of transferring the virus from infected areas to Rodriguez is still in effect, the DA chief said.
While Rodriguez was exonerated from the PPA, Binangonan, another city in Rizal, tested positive for pig disease this month, DA officials said.
About 20 pigs have died and less than 100 pigs were slaughtered, according to prosecutor data.
Earlier, the district attorney blamed smuggled pork products from China as the cause of the spread of PPA in the Philippines.
“‘Food waste from hotels, restaurants, even airlines’, and many food waste in Rodriguez, Rizal. In May they can eat food at ipinakain sa baboy. Doon nag-umpisa,” Dar said in an interview. in November 2019.