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DA, UNAHCO MOU Signing to Contain ASF and Revive Hog Industry (Mar. 17, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 17 March 2021

Leading animal health and nutrition companies and agribusinesses concretized their strong support by forging a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Agriculture (DA) to jointly undertake a twin program to effectively control, manage and contain African Swine Fever (ASF) and revive the country’s hog industry.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO) President Ricardo Alba led the signing of the MoU, along with several other private sector partners, to implement the Bantay ASF sa Barangay (BABay ASF) and the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) program, at the DA-BSWM convention hall, in Quezon City, on March 17, 2021.

UNAHCO will create a working group composed of its industry partners and assign a focal person that will coordinate with the DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Livestock Program (NLP), and Regional Field Offices (RFOs).

The industry partners include the Philippine College of Swine Practitioners (PCSP), International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ITCPH), Pig Improvement Company (PIC), Provimi: Cargill, Novus International, Kemin Industries, Phil. Association of Feed Millers, Inc. (PAFMI), and SGS Philippines.

Based on the MoU, UNAHCO will lead industry partners to support the DA in implementing the BABay ASF sa Barangay and INSPIRE twin program with the provision of breeders, gilts, and piglets, disinfectants, vitamin supplements, technology transfer, and technical manpower for coordination and mobilization.

UNAHCO, a corporation engaged in the business of animal health care and nutrition, has been providing extension support services such as technical support to livestock raisers, conduct of seminars, and other information and education campaigns in rural areas. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)