A total of 224 pigs have been depopulated over the weekend in Barangay Beckel in Camp 1 in Tuba town, Benguet, after samples taken from piggeries tested positive for African swine fever.
Dr. Meriam Tiongan, the provincial veterinarian, said 189 pigs, belonging to 31 families, were culled within one-kilometer radius of the ASF “ground zero” at Sitio Obulan after blood samples from backyard piggeries tested positive last week. The 35 others were culled at a commercial piggery in Camp 1.
She said hog raisers initially refused to depopulate the pigs. “It was difficult considering that ordinary residents owned them, saving them for the tuition of their children, or were raised to be butchered for the observance of a traditional practice of offering to the gods,” Tiongan said.
Pigs found within seven kilometers are subject to blood testing and cannot be sold or brought out of the area. Animals within the seven to 10-kilometer radius are subject to monitoring.