142 ASF-hit hog raisers in Kidapawan get aid

ASSISTANCE. Hog raisers affected by the African swine fever line up Wednesday (March 24, 2021) in Kidapawan City to receive cash indemnification assistance from the Department of Agriculture-Region 12. At least 142 hog raisers were affected by the swine disease in the city, whose last reported case was recorded in December last year. (Photo courtesy of Kidapawan CIO)

COTABATO CITY: One hundred forty-two hog raisers from four villages in Kidapawan City whose piggeries were affected by the African swine fever (ASF) have received cash indemnification assistance amounting to some PHP3.6 million from the Department of Agriculture in Region 12 (DA-12).

City Veterinarian Dr. Eugene Gornez said on Thursday that the recipients are from Barangay Linangkob (54), Barangay Sikitan (42), Barangay Gayola (24,) and Barangay Mua-an (22).

The indemnification program took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Kidapawan City Pilot Elementary School led by DA-12 representatives.

“They received a total of PHP3,585,000 cash assistance from the DA as part of the program to help the hog raisers cope with their losses brought about by ASF disease,” Gornez said over a local radio station Thursday.

He said each hog raiser got PHP5,000 for every culled swine that they owned.

Data from the city veterinary office recorded the last ASF case in the locality on December 4 last year. 

(Noel Punzalan/PNA /SRNY/RSP)

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