Pampanga hog farmers get huge boost

SAN SIMON, PAMPANGA — Sentinel piglets were distributed to swine farmers in the towns of San Simon and Bacolor in the province of Pampanga to help alleviate the effects of the African Swine Fever.

The distribution is under the livestock program Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion of the Department of Agriculture in Central Luzon.

The program aims to recover the swine industry of Pampanga.

A total of 45 swine farmers from San Simon and 60 from Bacolor each received three sentinel piglets.

The project will be deemed as an experiment to areas gravely affected by the ASF, to assure that the threat is not in the area. The agency will monitor these sentinel piglets in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the agency conducted a training and workshop on the Participatory Mapping for corn and cassava clusters in Lubao, Pampanga.

The two-day workshop aims to provide a more efficient mapping of farm areas for corn and cassava crops.

Participants from Bataan, Bulacan and Zambales took part in the workshop led by Regional Technical Director for Operations and Extension, and Agribusiness Marketing Assistance Division Dr. Eduardo Lapuz Jr. along with Regional Corn Coordinator Adela Peñalba, Corn Program Report Officer Melody Nombre, Project Assistant II Ronel Santos, Project Assistant I John Kenneth Miranda, Field Operations Division Chief Elma Mananes and other officials from DA RFO 3.

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