Province is under state of calamity
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) passed a resolution on November 18, 2019 declaring the entire province under a state of calamity due to tremendous losses incurred by the agricultural and livestock sectors brought about by the steep drop in palay prices and scare effect of African Swine Fever (ASF) that were even aggravated by recent weather disturbances.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) cited that the ASF scare decreased the prices of swine live weight from P120 to P90 affecting the livelihood of around 20,000 hog raisers, not to mention allied businesses and industries. Losses also occurred to palay farmers due to the implementation of the Rice Tarrification Law (RTL).
Provincial Agriculturist Alexander Domingo said that the severe drop in palay prices and the associated negative impacts of the RTL had adversely affected the profitability of farming operations of about 39,000 farmers, along with their households and dependents.
The province is 60% agriculture dependent and 30% of the livelihood is affected on rice produce alone which qualified the province with the magnitude aggregate loss of P604 million.
On account of the updates and data on ASF presented by the Provincial Veterinary Services Office, the effects of the epidemic are already felt in the province wherein the loss per head of hog is as low as P2,500 to as high as more than P3,000/head affecting around 20,000 hog raisers.
To strictly monitor and prevent the entry of ASF in the province, Governor Carlos M. Padilla issued in September an executive order regulating the entry into the province of live hog, pork, pork related products and by products.
The declaration of the province under a state of calamity will not only mitigate but also conduct activities that will deter or prevent the entry of ASF and to assist the farmers affected by the RTL. #bg