April 12, 2021

Philippines increases indemnity for hogs culled due to ASF


The Philippines' Department of Agriculture, through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (DA-PCIC), is increasing its indemnity for hogs culled due to African swine fever (ASF), said Agriculture Secretary William Dar.


"Through the PCIC insurance programme, we are doubling the indemnification payout for every pig that contracts ASF from ₱5,000 (US$103.01) to ₱10,000 (US$206.01). With the increased indemnity, hog raisers are encouraged to report affected pigs, thus controlling ASF from spreading," Dar said.


"The PCIC swine industry insurance programme strongly complements the DA's twin programme of Bantay ASF sa Barangay to effectively control, contain and manage the ASF, and the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) or hog repopulation programme to revive the country's swine industry."


For his part, DA-PCIC president Atty. Jovy Bernabe said the insurance programme is a scaled down version of the agency's regular livestock insurance programme, offering free premium payments for backyard raisers and discounted premium for commercial hog raisers, and increased indemnity payments for culled hogs.


"For backyard swine raisers, the subsidy will be 100% of the premium cost, provided they are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), while for commercial swine raisers, the premium subsidy will be discounted," said Bernabe.


For backyard farmers, DA-PCIC provides 1.75% premium for fatteners and 3.5% for breeders, which are waived as free. Commercial farmers pay the same premium rates, discounted from the regular rates of 2.25% and 4%, for their stocks to be covered.


He added that the insurance covers ₱10,000 (US$206.01) per head for fatteners, ₱14,500 (US$298.71) per head for breeders, and ₱34,000 (US$700.43) per head for parent stocks.


Bernabe said that, aside from backyard swine raisers and farmers' cooperatives, the insurance programme will also cover local government units and state colleges and universities, which implement respective hog fattening and breeding programmes.


- Department of Agriculture (Philippines)