Vet: Cash assistance ready for ASF-hit farmers in 4 LGUs

The Provincial Veterinary Office announced that cash assistance to farmers in four Negros Occidental towns, whose pigs were hit by African Swine Fever (ASF), is now ready to be distributed.

Provincial Veterinarian Placeda Lemana said on Tuesday, January 30, that the cash assistance to livestock raisers in the towns of San Enrique, Hinigaran, Valladolid, and Ilog will be distributed by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

The provincial government will release P2,000 to each of the farmers whose hogs died due to ASF.

Lemana said that in her initial talks with the PSWDO, livestock raisers from seven barangays in San Enrique, 25 barangays in Valladolid, and some barangays in Ilog and Hinigaran will be given cash assistance.

The provincial veterinarian also said that they are continuing their ASF surveillance in Negros Occidental, especially in eight local government units severely hit by the hog disease.

They are aiming to lift the red status of these LGUs into pink, for the raisers to ship their hogs out of Negros, she said.

Part of their massive surveillance is the blood sample collection from the areas hit by ASF to be submitted to the Bureau of Animal Industry for tests, she said.

They have also distributed vitamins and other livestock medicines to farmers, Lemana added.*

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