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Climaco pushes insurance registration of hog raisers
Mayor Beng Climaco has urged hog raisers in Zamboanga City to register
for insurance to be able to get an indemnity for every animal culled due
to the African Swine Fever (ASF).
Climaco made the call after meeting this morning with Department of Agricultur
(DA)-9 Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño, Assistant Regional Director Melba Wee a
nd staff, City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola and Livestock and Poultry
Board Chairman Eric Harina in the effort to contain the spread of ASF in the city’s
affected villages, particularly in Canucutan in Pasonanca and Mangusu.
“We coordinated for registration of livestock raisers because we really want to mitigate
(the ASF) and assist our hog raisers,” the mayor said.
The insurance program is a relaxed version of the DA’s regular livestock insurance
program, offering free premium payments for backyard raisers and discounted premium
for commercial hog raisers, and increased indemnity payments for culled hogs.
The insurance premium is free. Hog raisers just need to register to avail the program.
With the increased indemnity, hog raisers are encouraged to report affected pigs, thus
controlling the ASF from spreading.
For his part, Harina assured that his group will help facilitate the registration of
hog raisers for insurance.
Dr. Arriola said they are also looking for funds to assist the affected hog raisers,
and campaign for the registration of animal or livestock farms.
He cited City Ordinance 566, which grants indemnification to hog raisers for
their animals culled due to diseases like ASF, the amount of which will depend on the
species of culled animals.
These and all other mitigating measures would redound to reduction of prices of livestock,
such as chickens and pigs, due to the ASF outbreak, and to address shortage of meat supply,
if there is any.
Meanwhile, the meat consuming public has been assured that there is nothing to worry about
amidst the ASF outbreak as all necessary measures have been taken to contain its spread.
So far, only Canucutan in Pasonanca and Mangusu are affected by the ASF. Tight security
measures are being implemented at the city’s entry points in the east and west coasts
and the local ports.-(Vic Larato)

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