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· ASF may delay PH plans to export more pork products – Piñol
· PHL authorities guarding borders against contaminated pork products —BOC
ASF may delay PH plans to export more pork products – Piñol
By Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin (Philippines)
January 7, 2019
The possible entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) may hamper the country’s plan to export more pork products overseas, especially now that agriculture trade negotiations may soon take place between Philippines and Singapore.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that livestock is one of the most “robust” sub-sectors within the agriculture sector right now and the government is banking on it to drive the country’s overall export receipts.
Based on a data from Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the country’s local hog industry can raise 28 million heads every year with a combined value of around P240 billion.
Piñol said this amount is more than enough to cater to local demand for pork. To keep it that way, he said the country must “guards its status as a hog disease-free.”
“ASF could be devastating to the hog industry of the country, especially now that we are hoping to resume our negotiations with Singapore for [the export of] our pork products. In fact, the AVA [Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority] of Singapore is supposed to come here to inspect if we are at risk of getting ASF,” Piñol told reporters on Monday.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) earlier appealed to local producers and consumers to buy pork-based products produced by local farmers instead of importing.
This was amid the growing threat of ASF, a disease that have already killed thousands of pigs in at least eight countries, including China, which has the largest hog population in the world.
“This will be the first time I will make this appeal to Filipino consumers...
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PHL authorities guarding borders against contaminated pork products —BOC
Anna Felicia Bajo/VDS, GMA News (Philippines)
January 8, 2019
Philippine authorities are strictly guarding country’s borders to prevent the entry of pork products from countries hounded by the African swine fever.
Officials of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) district collector Mimel Talusan conducted briefings and information dissemination for Bureau of Customs (BOC) frontliners at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to strengthen their vigilance against infected products.
“Customs NAIA will continuously coordinate closely with regulating agencies to secure the borders against entry and exit of prohibited, regulated goods to protect the swine industry and livelihood in the Philippines,” the BOC said Tuesday.
“Safe meat products accompanied by import permit or the Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Import Clearance are the ones qualified for release in ports,” the BOC said in a statement.
According to the BAI, a viral outbreak could have an impact on at least 40 million live pigs in the country and adversely affect the P2-billion hog industry...