DA and LGU increase the clock against ASF’s entry into C. Visayas

ASF WATCH. The Central Visayas Department of Agriculture (DA-7) collectively supports the conduct of monitoring and surveillance activities to prevent the entry of African swine fever virus (ASF) into the region. The Bantay ASF sa Barangay (BABay ASF) and the Internal Control System (ICS) for ASF control were commended for their efforts and determination to prevent the entry of the hemmorhagic fever virus which could infect pigs and boars in the area. (PNA photo by John Rey Saavedra)

CITY OF CEBU – The Ministry of Agriculture of the Central Visayas (DA-7) said on Wednesday that it continues to collectively support the conduct of monitoring and surveillance activities with other key agencies to prevent the entry of the plague virus African swine (ASF) in the region.

In a statement, the agency said the region remains a green zone, meaning no cases of swine disease have been reported based on the ASF’s national zoning map and travel plan. .

He added that the DA continues to conduct surveillance activities with provincial and municipal veterinarians in the region, the DA-Bureau of Animal Industry Regional Veterinary Quarantine Services (DA-BAI-RVQS7), National Meat Inspection Services-7 (NMIS -7) and stakeholders of the Regional Advisory Committee-Animal Disease Control and Emergency-7.

Intensified surveillance of pig farms and slaughterhouses, with local community veterinarians (UGL) as the lead, aims at the early detection of ASF cases.

Dr Daniel Ventura Jr., regional ASF coordinator, said ASF free status of Central Visayas is attributed to the proactive stance and vigilance of LGUs who are committed to protecting their respective jurisdiction from entry. of the viral disease affecting pigs and wild boar.

“For early detection and rapid response, we need real-time reports from the field, especially on unexplained deaths in pig populations. We need to step up surveillance of pigs and pork products at points of entry, ”he said, adding that they“ have already started screening ASF blood samples which are taken at random from abattoirs with the support of our LGU vets ”.

DA-7 Regional Executive Director Salvador Diputado, for his part, urged relevant veterinarians and stakeholders in the livestock industry to help ensure that Region 7 remains a “green zone forever.” “of the PPA.

“It’s very nice to hear that our region is a green area, but if we fail to prevent entry it will be a big challenge and tedious work,” said Diputado in a mix of Cebuano and English.

Diputado reiterated his call for a more realistic development of an ASF action plan. He further underlined the need to intensify the awareness campaign, in particular on biosecurity protocols up to the barangay level.

“I encourage our LMUs, through our veterinarians, to lobby for the development of a local ordinance on biosecurity protocols with the inclusion of INSPIRE (Integrated National Pig Production Initiatives for Recovery and expansion). We need a holistic approach to the prevention and recovery of the hog industry, “he said.

During a recent workshop on the drafting of Bantay ASF sa Barangay (BABay ASF) and the establishment of an internal command system (ICS) for the response to the ASF, DA-BAI congratulated Region 7 for its efforts and determination to prevent ASF entry into the Visayas center.

Dr Samuel Joseph Castro, DA-BAI FAA Country Manager, stressed the importance of making an ASF-free region. He encouraged all stakeholders to be vigilant and take part in this battle, as part of a pan-national approach.

“Everyone has a role (from large commercial farmers to backyard ranchers to being a consumer) as we do our best to reduce, prevent and prevent the spread of ASF,” said Castro. (PNA)

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