Philippine financial subsidies for hog farmers
The Philippine Department of Agriculture has announced
that it will start a P70-million (€1 million) piglet subsidy and feed support
program for backyard hog growers hit by Typhoon â€œFrank.â€
P50 million (€700,000) will be used for a piglet dispersal plan and P20
million (€300,000) for animal feed subsidies, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap
stated. The rehabilitation package for the livestock sector would also include
animal health programs and laboratory services.
Bureau of Animal Industry Director
Davinio Catbagan said the DA would also have a massive P30-million vaccination
program to protect the hog population against possible diseases such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory
â€œThe program is
targeted to benefit small backyard farmers, where we aim to vaccinate the entire
backyard population to ensure the production of healthy piglets that will grow
in time to meet the high demand for pork in the third and fourth quarters of the
year,â€ Catbagan said.
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