Swine vaccination scheme launched in Philippines
The Philippine Department of Agriculture is launching a
P30 million (€440,000) vaccination program to stop the outbreak of Porcine
Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and other emerging swine diseases in the
Central Luzon region.
It will also provide feed subsidies to complement an ongoing stock
dispersal program to help the sector recover from a growth slump in the first
In a statement, Bureau of Animal Industry Director Dave
Catbagan said the subsidy program for the hog industry will be carried out in
Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), which will
involve assisting backyard raisers acquire healthy piglets and their required
The feed subsidy program aims to grow hogs by at least an
additional 10 kilograms to 15 kilograms to increase output from the national
average of only 77 kilograms.
As part of measures to assist the hog
growers, BAI and the National Meat Inspection Service will finalise plans to
complement the meat inspection laboratories set up in General Santos City and
Polomolok in South Cotabato.
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