August 27, 2019
Pig deaths in Philippines not linked to African swine fever, agriculture official says
The recent deaths of pigs in Rizal province, the Philippines, are not linked to African swine fever, according to the country's agriculture secretary, William Dar, who even then did not disclose the actual cause of the fatalities.
"We knew the disease, but we did not identify this yet because we don't want to create panic. The hog industry is PHP260 billion (US$5 billion) today. We are managing, containing and controlling it," Dar said.
As of August 27, the Philippines' Department of Agriculture (DA) did not disclose statistics on mortality in Rodriguez, Rizal, where around 600 backyard pigs have died. About 1,800 to 2,000 pigs were affected within a 10-kilometer radius from where the deaths occurred.
In the meantime, Dar appealed to local government units to provide additional funds to the cash assistance being provided by the DA to affected hog raisers.
The DA is giving cash assistance to raisers whose pigs had to be culled.
- The Philippine Star