LandBank offers P15-B loans for hog raisers, boosting DA’s swine repopulation, recovery program

Author: DA Communications Group | 19 March 2021

Commercial hog raisers in areas free from African Swine Fever (ASF) can now expand their operations – to increase hog production and stabilize pork supply and prices – by availing of P15-billion worth of loans from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank).

On March 17, 2021, LandBank forged a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Department of Agriculture (DA), supporting the government’s hog repopulation program by opening a “Special Window and Interim Support to Nurture Hog Enterprises (SWINE)” lending program, with an initial P15-billion portfolio.

“We sincerely thank Land Bank of the Philippines, led by its president Cecilia Borromeo, for being a constant and strong partner of the Department of Agriculture in helping develop and grow the country’s agriculture, fishery and agribusiness sector,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar during the MoA signing ceremony, at the DA-BSWM Convention Hall, in Quezon City.

“Sustaining the growth and modernization of our agriculture sector is primordial as food security is a national concern that we must address seriously and urgently, given the exponential population growth and the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

“The LandBank’s SWINE lending program is a much-needed boost as the Duterte administration pursues a twin hog repopulation and Bantay ASF sa Barangay program,” the DA chief said.

“Rest assured of LandBank’s support to your agency’s swine repopulation program to increase local hog production at the soonest possible time. Makakaasa rin po ang ating mga hog raiser at pork producer sa agarang pagsuporta ng LandBank sa kanilang mga pampinansyal na pangangailangan,” said Borromeo, who led other bank officials during the event.

Aside from commercial hog raisers, other groups like farmers’ cooperatives and associations (FCAs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and agribusiness enterprises and corporations can avail of LandBank SWINE loans, Borromeo said, adding that qualified borrowers will be provided with technical assistance, hog insurance, and ASF biosecurity support from the DA.

Several DA offices and agencies – particularly the National Livestock Program, Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Agricultural Training Institute-International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ATI-ITCPH), Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), and Regional Field Offices (RFOs) – will coordinate with LandBank lending centers to promote the SWINE lending portfolio, in support of the DA’s hog repopulation program, called Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE).

Further, said DA offices will provide LandBank with a list of potential borrowers, and certify that their project location is within the “green, yellow, or pink” zones, based on the updated ASF zoning map. They will also provide training on biosecurity management and breeding/rearing of hogs to interested investors, and provide agribusiness and marketing assistance, among other services.

The LandBank lending centers, on the other hand, will conduct program promotion, accept and evaluate loan applications, facilitate approval and release of loan, and collect loan repayments.

Under the SWINE lending program, borrowers may avail of a loan, up to 80 percent of the project cost, with a fixed interest of three percent for three years, and thereafter subject to annual interest rate repricing. The loan may be paid up to five years.

Aside from hog production, the loan may be used for related purposes, like: acquisition and import of semen or breeding animals; feed milling operations; construction, improvement or retrofitting of facilities in compliance with the DA biosecurity protocols; acquisition of fixed assets; and as working capital.

The SWINE lending program adds up to a host of other DA-LandBank partnerships to sustain the growth, modernization, and industrialization of Philippine agriculture, namely the: rice competitiveness enhancement program (RCEP); rice farmers financial assistance (RFFA); financial subsidy for rice farmers (FSRF); and expanded survival and recovery assistance (SURE-AID), among other collaborative undertakings. ### (Gumamela Celes Bejarin, DA-AFID)

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