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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Abra bans hunting, dead wild pigs tested positive of ASF

Abra, Philippines – The Local Government Unit of Malibcong just banned the hunting of wild animals after a meat sample of a wild pig caught at the Comia-as forest situated along the Abra-Kalinga boundary tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).

Malibcong LGU already issued a directive of said prohibition which took effect on Monday, March 22, 2021.

The Office of the Provincial Veterinary (OPVET) of Abra reported that a total of 127 dead wild pigs were found in said forest by hunters from Malibcong and Tineg on March 19, 2021, so meat samples were immediately sent for testing.

As a result, the OPVET identified several Barangays as ASF risk areas to include Lat-ey, Buanao, Umnap, Pacgued, and Mataragan, since most of the hunters involved in catching wild animals in Comia-as Forest are residing within said areas.

The issuance also prohibited the butchering, selling and transporting of domestic pigs from one barangay to another barangay in Malibcong, as well as to other municipalities. This is to control further spread of the disease affecting swine, the directive provides.

Meanwhile, OPVET is now monitoring pigs being raised in Malibcong and the nearby communities of Lacub, Boliney, Daguioman, and Tubo which are located near the Kalinga -Abra boundary.

Moreover, samples of two ailing pigs in Tineg town tested negative of the disease.

As of this writing, PLGU Abra reports no incident of massive death of domestic pigs in areas being monitored by OPVET for ASF.

The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera reports that as of February 2021, Abra and Apayao provinces remained ASF -free.



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