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33 villages in 3 North Cotabato towns affected by ASF

January 26, 2022 - Wednesday 4:01 PM by Aira Miranda

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The African swine fever (ASF) has infected hogs in 33 villages of three towns of North Cotabato, officials confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Kabacan, Matalam, and M'lang have been recognized as the ASF-affected towns.

At least eight communities in Kabacan town have been afflicted by hog disease.

According to Kabacan Mayor Herlo Guzman, who cited a report from the municipal agriculture office (MAO), around 68 farmer-hog raisers had lost over 500 pigs to ASF infection thus far.

"The total number of hogs depopulated by MAO was 513 and still counting," Guzman said in a radio interview on Wednesday.

The mayor stated that six settlements were designated as "green zones," meaning they were free of ASF instances but at risk of infection.

Guzman urged all hog farmers to collaborate with municipal agriculture professionals who conduct routine swine testing within a five-kilometer radius of the verified ASF area.

Dagupan, Malamote, Bangilan, Upper and Lower Paatan, Malanduage, Katidtuan, and Osias are the villages impacted in Kabacan.

He promised raisers whose hogs were slaughtered that they would receive help from the local government unit and the Department of Agriculture – Soccsksargen (DA-12).

19 villages in M'lang town have been tagged as red zones due to ASF illnesses, according to DA-12 officials.

Six villages in Matalam also have ASF cases, the DA-12 reported.

In North Cotabato, Kabacan, Matalam, and M'lang are regarded as hog-producing towns.