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·         Pork prices seen rising with wider importation ban

·         ASF task force warns gov’t to prepare to compensate farmers



Pork prices seen rising with wider importation ban


By Madelaine B. Miraflor, Manila Bulletin (Philippines)

June 11, 2019


A group of meat importers said the price of pork will rise if the Department of Agriculture (DA) moves to ban importation from more countries, but another group, composed of local hog raisers, said this is something that consumers can easily deal with compared to the damage that African Swine Fever (ASF) could cause the country’s hog industry.


Jesus Cham, President of Meat Importers and Traders Association (MITA), said that right now, the Philippines continues to import pork from countries that are not yet affected by the deadly pig disease, sustaining the price level of the commodity at a normal level.


These countries are United States, Canada, Germany, France, and Netherlands. The word on the street is that the DA had just stopped issuing pork import permits for some of these countries as they are now considered “high risk areas”, which are likely to be hit by ASF since they are contiguous to countries that were already hit by the hog disease.


“I heard DA wants to consider the three [US, Canada, and Germany] as high risk areas, contrary to the accepted scientific definition,” Cham said. “Price for imported pork will definitely go up [when this happens],” he added.


Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol earlier said the DA will submit a proposal to President Rodrigo Duterte to place temporary suspension on pork importation from even the countries that are not yet hit by ASF but are considered “high risk” areas.


High risk areas are those contiguous to countries that were already hit by ASF. This means that if Vietnam and Cambodia were already hit by ASF, the Philippines may also soon close it doors to pork products coming from Myanmar, Malaysia, India, and Laos...





ASF task force warns gov’t to prepare to compensate farmers


Vincent Mariel P. Galang, Business World (Philippines)

June 11, 2019


AN official with the government’s task force to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF) said the group is pushing for funding to indemnify farmers should the disease enter the Philippines.


At a hog industry meeting, Maria Glofezita Lagayan, head of communications for the task force under the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Industry, said the funding will compensate farmers for any losses should the government declare an ASF emergency.


She did not provide details.


Private sector participants said consumers also had to be encouraged to buy domestic pork.


Angel Antonio C. Manabat, technical services manager for PIC Philippines, Inc., called for an “Eat Pinoy Pork Campaign,” among other education measures, taking the industry position that pork imports are at a level currently disadvantageous to domestic producers.


“The only way we can help the industry is to talk about it, come out with programs, eat local pork, sponsor seminar lectures with the farmers… at least all the farmers and allied industries to know about ASF,” Mr. Manabat told BusinessWorld after the forum.


A university representative, Clarissa Yvonne Domingo, associate professor at the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Science and Medicine at Central Luzon State University, said her institution is developing a method to detect the disease in pigs...