Government allots P80 million for ASF test kits

The Department of Agriculture is earmarking an initial 80 million pesos to mass produce locally made testing kits for the detection of the African swine fever as the deadly disease continues to damage the hog industry.

The distribution of ASFv Nanogold Biosensor test kit is part of the current nationwide biosecurity and surveillance program against ASF.

Developed by the Central Luzon State University, the portable, rapid, and sensitive test kit can detect ASF from blood and water samples, surface swabs from farms, delivery trucks, water supplying the farm, swine body fluids or feces, and even raw, processed, or canned pork products.

The mass production of test kits will be done in partnership with other interested private firms and state universities and colleges.

The CLSU and the Bureau of Animal Industry will acquire robotic equipment to efficiently mass produce the test kit. The spread of ASF remains a challenge for the DA.

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