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PCIC to indemnify farms struck by AI, ASF

LOCAL swine and poultry raisers may now seek indemnification from the government if their farms are hit by avian influenza (AI) or African swine fever (ASF), the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) said.

The BAI-ASF Task Force said in a social-media post that
the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC) approved the inclusion of the two
animal diseases in their list of “compensable perils.”

The BAI-ASF Task Force
encouraged Filipino raisers to take advantage of this development and avail
themselves of the PCIC’s insurance program. The BAI and the PCIC are both under
the Department of Agriculture. “Take advantage of this and secure your
livelihood especially now that AI and ASF are a very much real and looming
threat to our industry,” the BAI-ASF Task Force said in a Facebook post on
Wednesday morning.

The BAI-ASF Task Force shared on Facebook the letter
sent by PCIC President Jovy C. Bernabe to Agriculture Assistant Secretary
Enrico P. Garzon Jr., informing the latter of the inclusion of the two diseases
in PCIC’s indemnification coverage.

“We are pleased to
inform you that the PCIC Board of Directors has recently approved the inclusion
of African Swine Fever and Avian Influenza as compensable perils under our
livestock and poultry insurance program,” Bernabe said in his letter dated
April 30.

The BusinessMirror earlier reported that the
BAI has urged the government to set aside P1 billion as indemnity fund in case
local hog farms are struck by ASF.

The measure is
part of the contingency plan crafted by the BAI in case the fatal hog disease
enters the country.

The Philippines is
currently on high alert as ASF is spreading in Asian and Southeast Asian
countries, killing millions of swine and causing farmers to incur huge losses.

Currently, there
is no vaccine for ASF. International organizations said the virus could kill
swine in two days.

However, the virus
is not known to be harmful to human health.

Under PCIC’s
guidelines, backyard raisers that have two 
to 10 breeder swine or seven to 20 fattener swine are eligible for the
livestock insurance program.

As for backyard
poultry raisers, they should have a minimum of 5,001 broilers or 1,001 layers
to avail themselves of the insurance program, PCIC documents showed.

For commercial hog growers, they should have at least 11 breeder swine
or 21 breeder fatteners to tap PCIC’s insurance program.  For commercial poultry raisers to be eligible
for the insurance program, they should have at least 5,000 broilers or 1,000

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