Live pigs buried, Negros Occ swine industry loses P131M

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Hog raisers in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental volunteered to bury their pigs alive to stop the spread of hog cholera.

This as the swine industry of the province suffered losses amounting to P131 million due to hog cholera and other diseases.

Kabankalan City agriculturist Ricky Moscosa said their records indicated that more than 100 hogs died in Brgy. Binicuil alone.

The city government has ordered the lock down of three barangays that recorded high incidents of hog deaths – Binicuil, Daan Banwa and Hilamonan.

Moscosa said hog raisers volunteered to bury their pigs if they are sick.

Meanwhile, data from the Provincial Veterinary Office showed that latest count of pig deaths in the province totaled 11,666 with an accumulated losses of P131,674,075.

The deaths represent 8.90 percent of the hog population in the province.

This hog deaths were recorded in 126 barangays of the 16 LGUs out of the 31 localities in the province.

Affected are 2,211 hog raisers.

The latest local government to issue a ban order against the entry of pork and pork products into their locality due to the rising number of hog cholera and African Swine Fever cases is La Castellana town

La  Castellana Mayor Alme Rhummyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said in her executive order that “there is a need for all live pigs, boar semen, pork and pork-processed products from any other cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental to be banned from entering the municipality since there were already detected positive cases of ASF in the neighboring towns.”

Earlier, Myors Renato Gustilo of San Carlos City, Ella Celestina D. Garcia-Yulo of Moises Padilla, Irene Montilla of Isabela and Raymund Tongson of Himamaylan City  also issued a similar EO.

Recently, Victorias City reported nine ASF-confirmed cases while one case was also detected in Pulupandan town.

In Bacolod City, four cases of ASF were detected in two barangays.