ILAGAN CITY, Isabela: Cagayan Valley (Region 2) can now expect a stable hog supply with the establishment of a P500-million swine breeding center (SBC) in Northern Luzon amid threats of the dreaded African swine fever (ASF), affecting the pork industry.

The SBC, which was recently inaugurated by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, is a joint venture of Charoen Pokhand Inc. of Thailand and Sagittarian Agricultural Philippines Inc. It is located in Barangay Santa Victoria in Ilagan City, Isabela province

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SUPPLY STABILIZER This P500-million Filipino-Thai joint venture is projected to stabilize hog supply in Northern Luzon. Located in Ilagan City, Isabela, it was recently inaugurated by Philippine Agriculture Secretary William Dar. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

Dar said the SBC will be the source of quality breeder stocks for restocking/repopulation of swine to help stabilize hog supply in Cagayan Valley’s provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, including the island province of Batanes and in nearby regions in Northern Luzon.

He noted that with this facility and the production complex, around 2,400 swine breeders will be produced and will revolutionize swine production not only in Isabela, but also in Northern Luzon.

Mayor Josemarie Diaz of Ilagan City expressed thanks to the DA secretary for opening up the floodgates for aggressive expansion programs that encourage companies to invest in the countryside.

Charoen Pokhand is a leading agro-industrial and food conglomerate in Thailand.

Diaz said the investment made by Charoen Pokhand is a recognition of Ilagan’s potential in terms of agricultural production of grain products and livestock production.

“We are very much thankful to Secretary Dar for giving opportunities to the provinces in the country and opening up business opportunities in agriculture production and for helping our farmers recover from the recent calamities, particularly massive flooding, brought about by recent typhoons that hit Region 2,” the mayor added.

Meanwhile, the Ilagan City government, represented by Diaz, and the DA, represented by Dar, forged ties under a memorandum of agreement for the construction of the Ilagan Corn Processing Center.

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