November 22, 2022
Agreement signed to speed up recovery of Davao, Philippines swine industry
Three government agencies in Davao region, south of the Philippines, have signed an agreement to speed up the recovery of the region's swine industry devastated by African swine fever (ASF), the Philippine News Agency reported.
Abel James Monteagudo, the regional director of the Department of Agriculture, that his office signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC) for an intervention in the sector worth PHP 132 million (~US$2.2 million; PHP 1 = US$0.017).
He said the funds will be used for the region's 24 agrarian reform beneficiary organisations (ARBOs) as part of the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) programme.
To finance the project's three components: the establishment of breeder multiplier farms, intensive and modernised production, and swine livelihood enterprise, each ARBO will receive PHP 5.5 million (~US$95,000) in assistance.
Monteagudo said they owe DAR and PCIC a huge debt of gratitude for assisting them in stepping up efforts to support farmers in the Philippines, whose livelihoods have been adversely affected by ASF.
He asserted that the ARBs are essential to reviving the swine industry because they will work with producers to increase the productivity of swine production, processing, and marketing.
Milagros Isabel Cristobal, DAR Undersecretary for Support Services, said agencies should coordinate their efforts to increase productivity among ARBs and the community.
Under the INSPIRE project, the biosecure swine housing facility will receive PHP 4.4 million (~US$105,000), along with PHP 525,000 (~US$12,600) for 75 swine heads and PHP 500,000 (~US$12,000) for feeds and biologics.
- Philippine News Agency