The provincial government of Misamis Oriental is offering alternative livelihood assistance to at least 300 backyard hog farmers affected by the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.
Dr, Benjamin Resma, provincial veterinarian said farmers can avail of the duck or chicken egg laying project of the LGU.
“Each farmer will get 50 heads of ducks or chicken to ensure that they will have daily income,” Resma said.
Resma added that the beneficiaries will undergo basic training on duck and chicken egg production while the provincial government will facilitate the selling of their produce.
At the same time, Resma said that the inter-agency task force has already contained the outbreak of the ASF in the province.
According to Resma, to prevent the resurgence of the ASF farmers in the affected areas, farmers are advised to suspend backyard hog production and shift to other alternative livelihood.
At least 1,000 hogs were culled within the 500 meter radius of the ASF ground zero in barangay Jampason, Initao and barangay Pagawan, Manticao.
“We have contained the outbreak from other areas in the affected towns,” he said.