Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the African Swine Fever episodes in several areas in Bulacan and Rizal may be considered an outbreak but not an epidemic.
On vigorously enforcing “1-7-10 Protocol” to manage, contain and control suspected swine disease; result of confirmatory test
Upon receipt of incident reports of a suspected swine disease that occurred in small backyard farms in Rizal province, the Department of Agriculture (DA) immediately directed the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to collect and send blood samples to the World Reference Laboratory in Pirbright, England, which also happens to be the OIE Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever.
Engaging the frontliners of the local government units in the implementation of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund's (RCEF) Seed Component Program, the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I in collaboration with the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) conducted a series of Briefing Consultation cum Planning Workshop relative to the implementing guidelines and requirements of the project.
Showing confidence and support on his leadership as Chairman of the Economic Development Sectoral Committee (EDSeCom) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Ilocos Region, members of the EDSecom have unanimously chosen once more Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office I Regional Executive Director Lucrecio R. Alviar, Jr. as the Chairman of said Committee during the recently held Third Quarter EDSeCom meeting held at Puerto del Sol, Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Giving solutions to the twin crises that the agriculture sector is now facing relative to the low price of palay and the occurrence of suspected swine disease in the country, Department of Agriculture Sec. William D. Dar in his recent visit to Ilocos Region laid down some strategies to combat the negative impacts that these problems brought to the farmers and hog raisers in the country.