Davao City – In response to the concerns of various hog raisers on livestock production, including the African Swine Fever (ASF), the Mindanao Development Authority will spearhead the first Mindanao Hog Raisers Forum at Grand Men Seng Hotel, September 18.

The forum, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and members of the hog industries, will gather government and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness regarding the threat of entry of the ASF to Mindanao.

“There is the need for an island-wide orientation to safeguard Mindanao, we want this forum to be a platform for all the stakeholders to agree on efforts to prevent its possible entry into the southern Philippines through the establishment of strict quarantine protocols and the involvement of the stakeholders, the local government units and the communities,” MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.

Piñol added that “lessons should be learned from the Luzon outbreak where apathy and the apparent lack of concern of the communities and the backyard hog raisers are believed to be behind the entry of the disease”.

He emphasized the need to have a high state of readiness for any threat to livestock productivity here in Mindanao, given the island’s significant contribution to the overall hog production of the country.

Members of the hog industries have previously raised concerns over the swine fever with MinDA, given the reports of ASF outbreaks in some areas in Luzon. Among the risks presented is the collection of swills or leftovers from unsanitary places like restaurants and shipping vessels.

The Mindanao Hog forum will gather officials and representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Industry, National Meat Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration, as well as hog raisers, feeds and veterinary suppliers, meat vendors and traders, and consumer groups.
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