DA draws up ways for its cattle program to be risk-free
The government has crafted measures to ensure success in its billion-peso live cattle-importation program without drawing in a viral disease during the trade engagement.
Documents cited in a news report showed that the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has submitted to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol a rapid risk assessment of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) from the importation of live cattle from Brazil.
“This rapid risk assessment will consider risks of reintroduction of FMD to the Philippines that may be associated with the importation of live cattle from Brazil,” the document reportedly read.
BAI identified FMD — a highly contagious viral disease of cloven-hoof animals, such as cattle, carabaos, goats, sheep and pigs — as a potential threat to about 21.567 million heads of cloven-hoof animals in the local front.