DA-8 distributes sentinel pigs in Eastern Samar

Created on Monday, 21 March 2022 Published Date
The Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 8 (DA RFO8) distributed recently 180 sentinel piglets and 360 bags of grower feeds to 60 farmers in Eastern Samar through its National Livestock Program (NLP).

At least four (4) MLGUs have benefited from this initial hog repopulation program, considering that they have no more reported cases of African swine fever (ASF). These are the municipalities of Guiuan, Salcedo, Oras and Dolores, all in Eastern Samar.

Sentinelling and repopulation program is a science-based approach or strategy wherein the distributed piglets are monitored to find out if an infectious disease, like ASF, or other harmful agents, are present.

In so many instances, RED Angel C. Enriquez echoed the statement of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar “to think forward to the future of local livestock raising by providing a host of interventions, and continue arming our livestock raisers against future Transboundary Animal Diseases, and protect swine owners by adopting the whole-of-nation approach, so that we won’t be paralyzed by this virus.”

“Sentinelling is a prelude to the government’s swine repopulation program that aims to increase hog production and subsequently stabilize the supply and prices of pork,” RED Enriquez quoted the Secretary as saying.
Meanwhile, APCO Grace Palconit, who is based in this province, reported that there were at least 15 swine raisers that were identified per MLGU-recipient.

“Aside from feeds, farmer-recipients were also given five (5) packets of Vetracin with Probiotics to treat and control any incidence of swine pneumonia, neonatal and post-weaning scours and other enteric bacteria that may cause dysentery and other infections.

Accordingly, all sentinel piglets were sourced out from ASF-free farms or green zone and the DA, together with the local government units (LGUs) are partners in the strict monitoring and surveillance as well as consistent observance of protocols against ASF.

The agency has been training considerable number of veterinarians, village biosecurity officers, and technical personnel since 2020 when the first case of ASF in Region 8 was confirmed. ###

News report from:
Agricultural Program Coordinating Office (APCO)
c/o Francisco Rosaroso, Mary Grace Palconit
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