The Philippines approved new measures to contain the spread of African swine fever (ASF) on Friday. The number of pigs testing positive for the deadly virus has increased from 7,400 at the end of August to 12,000, the country’s agriculture department said.
President Roderigo Roa Duterte approved measures including movement controls for pigs and pork products, surveillance on live hog transport and lock-down procedures in Bulacan and Pampanga provinces and preventing access to some infection zones, Bloomberg reports.
The government plans to increase financial support for backyard breeders, whose hogs have been culled due to spread of the virus, to 5,000 pesos ($97) per head from the current level of 3,000 pesos.
“We must step up our surveillance and monitoring of transport of live pigs as well as pork products,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.
ASF is a deadly, contagious virus that impacts pigs only. It does not affect people and poses no food safety risk. To follow the spread of ASF, read porkbusiness.com/ASF.
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