Test results on pig farm deaths out Friday, Agri chief says

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 04 2019 02:22 PM | Updated as of Sep 04 2019 02:30 PM

MANILA- The Department of Agriculture said it would release on Friday the findings of its investigation into the reported unidentified swine disease in the country.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar last month ordered the conduct of laboratory tests following a 2-percent spike in the in deaths of pigs in backyard farms.

“Friday, we will disclose what that disease is, kung positive o negative,” he told reporters Wednesday.

Even if tests confirm the presence of a swine disease, Dar said there was no need to worry since there quarantine measures were in place.

"Even positive, meron na tayo (we have) all over the country, in place na yung quarantine measures," he said. "Huwag mabahala ang publiko (The public need not worry)."

The agriculture department last month placed 5 areas under quarantine and ordered that all pigs within their 1-kilometer radius be culled. Dar, however, refused to identify the said areas.

Dar earlier assured the public that there was enough pork supply in the market and that prices were stable.