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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) yesterday assured Mindanao Hog Raisers of its support in conducting a field trial for a vaccine for the dreaded African Swine Fever developed in Vietnam which would be available by the Second Quarter of this year.

Eduardo So, president of the Mindanao Hog Raisers Association, yesterday sought MinDA's help in facilitating access for the vaccine for the swine virus which had virtually decimated the backyard hog population in the Philippines.

The ASF, a deadly disease which was reported to have first affected hogs near the dumpsite in Montalban, Rizal in mid-2019, has unabatedly spread all over the country, including several provinces of Mindanao, severely affecting the hog industry, especially the backyard farms.

While the ASF does not pose threats to human health, it was considered a major blow to the hog industry because of the absence of a Vaccine.

Affected hogs usually die within 48 hours after contagion and the only remedy implemented was to cull the affected hog population and enforce quarantine protocols.

The uncontrolled spread of the ASF all over the country has caused the meteoric rise of prices of live hogs and pork in the market reaching historic high levels of P220 per kilo live and over P400 per kilo for meat in the market.

During my conversation with So yesterday, he several member farms of the Mindanao Hog Raisers Association have expressed willingness to conduct the field trials prior to the approval by the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) of its use in the country.

The Mindanao ASF Task Force which was organized by MinDA in 2019 composed of Mindanao Hog Industry stakeholders will initiate the move to gain access to the Vietnam ASF Vaccine.

Several veterinary supply companies in the Philippines have expressed willingness to acquire the ASF Vaccine to help the country's hog industry to recover and bring down the prices of pork for the consumers.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

Tagum City - As the prices of meat and poultry products are shooting through the roof nationwide, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is launching an LGU-led Livestock Development Program to ensure sufficient supply for Mindanao.

The Province of Davao del Norte has agreed to pioneer the MinDA Livestock Development Program with the establishment of a 500-head Cattle Fattening Feedlot.

In a meeting last night with Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib, I emphasized that the country faces a shortage of beef, pork and poultry, partly because of the disruption of the supply chain.

In the case of the hog industry, the unabated spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF) has practically wiped out Mindanao's backyard hog industry with live hog prices soaring from P90 per kilo last year to as high as P220 now.

The Davao del Norte Cattle Feedlot project also received a commitment of support from former Speaker and Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez who was also briefed on the grim scenario of the beef, poultry and pork shortage in Luzon which could affect prices in Mindanao.

The Davao del Norte Cattle Feedlot Project will involve the fattening of 500 heads of locally procured cattle at any given time.

The fattening protocol will be introduced by outstanding OFW Arnel Corpuz, MinDA's livestock program consultant who spent 11 years in Australia's Wagyu Feedlots.

In addition to the locally procured Cattle, the MinDA Livestock Industry Program also aims to acquire steers for fattening and breeders from Australia to boost Mindanao's Cattle population.

The program will be tied to the Sorghum and Corn Industry Development Program pushed by MinDA.

Other Mindanao Provincial Governments will also be encouraged to set up a similar Cattle Feed Lot facility which would later be complemented with modern abattoirs for added value.

The Development Bank of the Philippines, MinDA's financing partner, will be tapped to support the LGUs' funding requirements for the project.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Biblical account of how the Three Kings followed a shining star to the manger where Jesus Christ was born is more than just a story of faith.

It is actually a story of resolve, determination and the willingness to sacrifice to achieve a goal.

Today, as we face a difficult period in our lives, let us be inspired by the story of the Biblical Magis.

Let us keep faith, stay focused and willingly sacrifice to achieve our dream of a better life for ourselves, our family and our country.

Let us find our Star and follow it.

God will surely guide us and show the way to the fulfillment of our dreams.

Happy Three Kings Day everyone.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) will convene bamboo stakeholders from all over the region in a face-to-face and virtual Summit to organize the Mindanao Bamboo Industry Council.

The Mindanao Bamboo Summit will be held at the Development Bank of the Philippines Conference Hall in Cagayan de Oro City where the major stakeholders, including representatives of the different agencies, will meet face-to-face.

Other stakeholders who could not join the face-to-face organization meeting could participate through a Zoom Virtual Conference starting at 5 p.m.

Bukidnon Giant Bamboo Resources Corp. President Rod Bioco will make a presentation on the current state and prospect of the Mindanao Bamboo Industry.

The BGB Corporation has established a bamboo processing facility in Malaybalay, Bukidnon and is currently buying Giant Bamboo poles from farmers in the area.

Representatives of the Department of Environment and Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Interior and Local Government are expected to provide inputs on how their agency could support the Mindanao Bamboo Industry.

The Development Bank of the Philippines, through its President Emmanuel Herbosa, will also be joining the face-to-face conference.

The DBP is expected to present financing windows for the Bamboo Industry which will be made accessible to both farmers and processors.

The Mindanao Bamboo Industry Council is being organized by MinDA as part of its programs to promote the greening of Mindanao's critical watersheds and headwaters while at the same time providing income opportunities for the people.

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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane Jr., a farmer just like most Mindanao local government executives, will lead officials in a ceremonial harvest of the Sorghum planted last year with seeds provided by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

The seeds were donated by Scott Seeds of Hereford Texas through its owner Coby Kriegshauzer last year and distributed to several farmers groups and local government units in Mindanao as part of the Livestock and Poultry Industry Development Program of MinDA.

Durimg the program today, farmers will be briefed on Sorghum harvest technology and the other uses of its by-products, like its stalks and leaves for silage.

Silage-making expert Arnel Corpuz of General Santos City who used to manage a 50,000-head Wagyu feedlot in Australia, will be invited to lecture on silage making.

The activity today will be broadcast live via Facebook to allow farmers groups in other parts of Mindanao and the country to learn more about Sorghum farming and silage-making.

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