Capitol eyeing animal health insurance

Healthy Plan
BECAUSE of the threats to animal health due to viruses and other diseases, the Negros Occidental provincial government is eyeing to set up for animal health insurance, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said Monday, May 15.

Lacson said they have been exploring the idea with the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp.

“Just like crops, especially the rice and corn plantation, animals like hogs should also be covered with insurance to ensure hog raisers,” Lacson pointed out.

Meanwhile, Lacson said that based on the latest monitoring about the hog disease affecting the animals he said.

“As of now, we are still looking at high cholera because we are not in a position to declare that it is ASF. So for now, we can surely say that it’s high cholera,” he said.

He clarified, “we have been receiving reports of those cases. So until such time that the Bureau of Animal Industry will declare, we are not in a position, Lacson clarified.

As of now, the governor said there is no indemnification for animals that will die of the disease.

“We can repopulate and we’re looking at insurance. If we have crop insurance why not animal insurance specifically hogs. So we are talking to Philippine Crop Insurance if they are willing to do that. I think that’s where we could come in just like we do with our rice farmers,” Lacson said.

Hog cholera is reportedly rampant in the third and fourth districts of the province.*

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