Commercial hog raisers willing to supply piglets

DAVAO. Commercial hog raisers, amid concern of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak effect, are willing to lend a helping hand to backyard hog raisers. (File photo by Macky Lim)

COMMERCIAL hog farms are willing to temporarily supply piglets to the backyard farmers to raise.

This is to ensure these farmers are not tending hogs infected with African Swine Fever (ASF).

Hog Farmers Association of Davao, Inc. president Eduardo So said the association has suggested the idea in their recent meeting with councilor Ralph Abella.

“We can do temporarily, maybe initially support asa ang source sa baktin (provide piglets). Instead of buying maskin asa, mas maayo pa kuhaon namo sa mga commercial farms (Instead of buying it from anywhere, it would be good if they get if from commercial farms),” he said.

They suggested this option to support the livelihood assistance of the government to affected backyard farmers.

However, he said the commercial farmers can only supply enough for the backyard farmers to start. It would still depend on the needed piglets.

“I am not saying it can be sustainable that kaya namo tanan (that we will be able to supply all of it), depending on the volume but we are considering those options,” he said.

So also said the commercial farms alone cannot sustain the hog demands of Davao Region

He said the association has 17 commercial hog farm members, raising an average of 200 swine heads each.

The association is also in favor of the communal hog raising as proposed by the Department of Agriculture (DA).

DA secretary William Dar said communal hog raising means gathering the hogs of at least 10 backyard hog raisers in one facility.

“I think it can be better managed,” So said.

Earlier this week, Abella, chair of the committee on agriculture and food, opposed the idea of Davao Occidental provincial governor Claude Bautista to permanently ban backyard hog farming because many hog farmers will be affected. He prefers that the practice be regulated.


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