February 11, 2020
Philippines' southern provinces affected by African swine fever
African swine fever (ASF) has spread to southern Philippines, where a third of the 12.8 million swine herd in the country are raised, reported Reuters.
The country's agricultural department reported positive ASF detections in samples from swine in Davao Occidental, southern Philippines.
407 swine have been culled in two villages among 2,398 total in Davao city, Mindanao. According to government data, Mindanao has 3.7 million swine as of January 1, 2020, accounting for 29% of the total swine population in the country.
William Dar, Agriculture Secretary has held discussions with the government of Mindanao and swine industry leaders to manage and halt the spread of ASF.
The agricultural department said the source of the ASF outbreak in Davao Occidental may be attributed to food waste from Indonesian swine products or food by residents from ASF affected areas in Luzon.
There are additional cases in Luzon provinces, including Pangasinan, Kalinga and Benguet provinces.
Dar said the first ASF outbreak in the Philippines may have come from pork smuggled from China. The Philippines reported its first ASF case in September 2019 from backyard farms in Manila.
The country is the seventh largest swine importer and 10th biggest consumer of pork in the world.