MinDA mulls plan to stave off ASF

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is strengthening measures to prevent the African Swine Fever (ASF) from making entry into the country by putting up a protective shelter for pigs called a ‘hogstel.’ 

MinDA Investment Promotions, International Relations, and Area Concerns Office head Olie Dagala revealed that a study is already ongoing and that they are still at the conceptualization stage of the framework targeted to be completed by January next year. 

“We are now on the conceptualizaiton stage of the project. There is a hogstel (hotel sa mga baboy) kasi ang ASF is actually hindi siya nanggaling sa mga large hograisers kasi may sarili silang bio-security measures. Nanggaling ang ASF sa backyard raisers kanang contaminated na meat products (swill feeding).  Ito ay conceptual framework pa lang but Sec. Pinol already mentioned kung sino-sino ang mga involved na mga parties to be part of that. Especially kung sino yung mga foreign partners gustong mag-invest on that,” he said. 

He said revisiting the ASF measures is part of their regional level initiatives to be implemented next year. 

“Sec. Pinol is saying that kung nasa backyard hog raisers ang problema baka it’s a context of having this might be in the area like in Makilala kung saan  may dineklara na area na hindi na puwedeng balikan is more on a common growing area for the backyard hog raisers. Immediately meron itatayo na isang facility na siya magpi-finance in partnership with a company na siyang bibili at magbibigay ng feeds,” Dagala said. 
The said initiative will also serve as business venture between hograisers and businessmen. 

“The hog raisers ay magkakaroon ng big brother arrangement sa mga ito like a business to business arrangement depende ito sa perspective ng businessmen on the hog or swine industry,” he said. 
He said the hogstel will also address  bio-security. 

“We are closely coordinating with the Department of Agriculture (DA) after Sec. Pinol was appointed as MinDA chair lumapit sa kanya ang hograisers association of Mindanao to really ensure that ASF will not enter Mindanao,” Dagala said. 

The ASF outbreak, according to Dagala, can be considered also as an opportunity as Mindanao is ASF free. 
“Makikita natin sa ibang restaurants hindi na pork ang kanilang sini-serve because their commissary ay nasa Manila or nasa LUzon, kaya small hograisers and the backyard hograisers can now put their intiatives and might be able to supply because we are ASF free area,” he said.