Gov't offers interest-free loans to hog raisers hit by African swine fever

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Posted at Sep 19 2019 10:32 AM | Updated as of Sep 19 2019 12:16 PM

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MANILA - The Department of Agriculture on Thursday urged hog raisers to cooperate with authorities in their bid to prevent African swine fever from spreading.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said hog raisers can avail of a P30,000 interest-free loan, payable in 3 years, and will be given P3,000 per culled pig.

"We are again requesting lahat po ng nag-aalaga ng baboy, 'wag na katayin 'yung mga baboy na 'yan. Ikakalat lang natin itong sakit na ito," he told radio DZMM.

(We are again requesting all hog raisers not to slaughter pigs with ASF, it will just spread the disease.)

"Makipagtulungan na po kayo sayo gobyerno para sa ganun ay maprotektahan natin itong P260 billion worth of hog industry."

(Let's cooperate with the government so we can protect out P260 260 billion worth of hog industry.)

The agency's Bureau of Animal Industry earlier confirmed the presence of ASF in Rodriguez town, Rizal, Barangay Cupang in Antipolo, and Guiguinto town in Bulacan.

Dar said Guiguinto town has been cleared while there are still "remnants" of ASF in Rizal.

"Kung hindi makipag-cooperate ang hog raisers, this will linger for a while," he said.

(If hog raisers will not cooperate, this will linger for a while.)