Author: DA Communications Group | February 6, 2022
In its continued efforts to revive the country’s pork industry severely affected by African Swine Fever (ASF), the Duterte administration, through the Department of Agriculture (DA), is partnering with the private sector to produce pig farmers needed to revive and support the government’s pig industry. repopulation program.
Over the weekend, Agriculture Secretary William Dar led the dedication of a 5,000 sow breeding base farm, JG Agroventures, Inc. and Pig Improvement Company (PIC), in Barangay Sta.Rita, Quezon, Nueva Ecija.
Once operational, the state-of-the-art facility will be supplied with PIC Great-Grandparent Growers (GGPs), whose offspring or Grandparents (GP) piglets will be sold and distributed to backyard pig farmers. commercial and grouped in Nueva Ecija and the rest of Luzon.
“We are initially committing 80 million pesos to this worthwhile project which will help us accelerate our pig restocking efforts under the DA’s INSPIRE (Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion) program,” said Secretary Dar.
He tasked the DA’s National Livestock Program (NLP), led by Dr. Ruth Sonaco, to draft a memorandum of understanding to formalize the partnership with JG Agroventures and PIC. To fund the project, JG applied for a P2.5-B loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank).
“We envision JG Agroventures initially supplying the DA with 1,000 GP-quality breeding stock for each farrowing, which we will distribute to commercial and grouped backyard pig farmers, as well as farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCA ) participating in our INSPIRE program,” the DA said. chief.
“We thank JG for taking the initiative and investing heavily in this breeding farm,” he added.
Myrna Galicia of JG Agroventures thanked the DA for their continued support to the livestock sector and for forging partnerships that will provide livelihoods and revive the pig industry.
Vino Borromeo of PIC said the private sector plays a vital role in the DA’s initiatives to revive the pork industry.
“Tuwang-tuwa kami na may ganitong opportunity. Through this collaboration, we can provide livelihoods, food security and eventually improve the economy. Together, let’s transform the pork industry into a globally competitive sector, increasing production and quality,” said Borromeo.
Overall, Secretary Dar expressed his gratitude to JG, PIC and other private groups who actively participate in government agriculture and livestock projects.
“Let us continue our united efforts to help the country’s pork industry get back on its feet and once again contribute to building a strong and resilient agriculture sector,” the DA chief said.
Several major agribusinesses are also partnering with the DA to revive the pork industry, such as Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO) and Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines, Corp. (CP Foods). The latter has invested in a 500 million peso pig farm in Isabela and has pledged to produce an additional 600,000 fatteners this year. It also plans to purchase at least 300,000 metric tons (MT) of yellow maize from farmers for its milling business.
This year, the DA has allocated P4.1 B to implement the restocking program of “Bantay ASF sa Barangay and pigs, which involves the establishment of pig farms and multiplier farms,” Sonaco said.
Last year, through Bayanihan II, the DA-NLP funded and established 14 multiplier farms, which are operated and managed by LGUs, State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and FCAs, two of which – the Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative (SIDC) and Zamboanga Pig Farmers Cooperative – received P5-M each and will soon distribute pig farmers to its members.
The DA-NLP has also established community pig production and its expansion through clustering and consolidation, by providing P5-M grant to pig farmer groups and FCAs in the ASF green areas of Mindoro, Aklan, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Zamboanga del Sur and Cotabato Sud, Sonaco said. Once they have completed their respective biosecure facilities, these will be stored with piglets for fattening in July and ready for sale in November.
By 2023, the DA aims to produce 440,563 breeders and 10.5 million finishers under the INSPIRE program, in partnership with commercial and aggregated backyard pig farmers, LGUs and SUCs.
To help finance the pig restocking program, the DA, through its Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC), has allocated 800 million pesos for loans to backyard and semi-commercial breeders. in ASF green zones. Individual borrowers can qualify for P300,000 up to P3M, and small businesses and FCAs up to P15M. The loan is interest-free and repayable for up to five years.
Additionally, LandBank and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) have allocated P30B and P12B respectively for lending to commercial ranchers in ASF-free areas. ### (Adora Rodriguez, DA-AFID)