By Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Office on Thursday revealed that 5,509 hogs died due to various diseases.
Data furnished to the media also showed that the swine industry has lost P66,541,575.
The deaths already affected 14 localities with the highest casualties in the fourth district at 5,012.
The losses amounted to P60,750,250 in the fourth district alone.
The town of San Enrique in the fourth district has the highest mortality with 2,044 or 75 percent of its total hog population of 2,692.
As of Thursday, five new barangays were affected in Pontevedra.
The PVO data also showed that on Thursday alone, 264 hogs died in five barangays with 71 hog raisers affected and accumulated losses valued at P3,025,725.
The affected hog raisers totaled 1,143.
The PVO data also showed that the hog population in the province is 108,528 and the mortality rate is 5.08 percent.
Other affected areas are Manapla and Cadiz City in the second district with 43 pig deaths and accumulates losses of P542,850.
In the third district, the affected areas are Silay City (2), EB Magalona (324), Talisay City (14), and Murcia (65) or a total of 405 pig deaths and accumulated losses at P4,623,650.
Aside from San Enrique town, areas in the fourth district that were affected are Valladolid (998), Pulupandan (375), Pontevedra (471), Bago City (856), and La Carlota City (268).
In the fifth district, the localities affected are Hinigaran and Binalbagan towns with 6 and 43 pig deaths respectively for a total of 49. The accumulated losses amounted to P624,825.
PVO head, Dr. Placeda Lemana said the hog deaths ate caused by cholera, pneumonia and other swine diseases.