Swine fever now affects 3 towns, 1 city

March 09, 2020

Nearly 3,000 ASF-hit hogs in CamSur culled.

CITY OF NAGA – Nearly 3,000 swine affected by the African Swine Fever in Camarines Sur were culled by the Department of Agriculture – Regional Office 5 in Bicol as the entire region was placed on high alert for any movement of live pigs and pork products to prevent the spread of the disease.

The DA-Region 5 said ASF has already afflicted three towns and a city in the province.  

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) said the swine disease hit 21 villages in Bombon town, eight barangays in Calabanga municipality, four in Magarao town and two in this city.

The agency has declared a lockdown on the entry and exit of live pigs and processed meat products in Bombon, Calabanga and Magarao.

Naga City was placed under a state of calamity due to ASF.

According to the PDRRMC, ASF had affected over 500 farmers, mostly backyard hog raisers,  in Camarines Sur.

Naga City veterinarian Dr. Julius Ilad said over 400 hogs from Bgy. Pacol and about 600 swine from Bgy. Cararayan in this city will be subjected to depopulation due to ASF.

During the weekend, about 900 hogs had been culled by the City Veterinary Office and the local DA.

The DA said it will give P5,000 for every culled pig while the provincial government will give another P3,000 to each affected hog raiser.