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· ASF Task Force: P470K worth of pork, pork products burned
· Hog raisers urged to fight ASF virus
ASF Task Force: P470K worth of pork, pork products burned
By Rosalie Abatayo, Cebu Daily News (Philippines)
September 05, 2019
CEBU CITY, Philippines — The African Swine Fever (ASF) Task Force of Cebu Province disposed of over P470,000 worth of pork and pork products coming from countries that have reported cases of ASF
On Thursday afternoon, September 5, 90 kilos of frozen pork meat and Ma Ling, Chinese-brand canned pork, were disposed through thermal destruction at the RRDS Petro Chemical Industries in Barangay Umapad, Mandaue City.
The items included the 68 boxes of Ma Ling luncheon meat that were confiscated from a shipment at the Cebu Pier 1 last Tuesday, September 3, and other canned pork products surrendered by local supermarkets, said Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Mary Rose Vincoy.
She said that the confiscated meat and canned goods were burned by feeding them into a furnace at the Umapad facility.
Vincoy, who heads the ASF Task Force, said they would continue to strengthen their monitoring and surveillance against the entry of pork products from areas that had reported ASF cases.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) had earlier ordered the ban of pork products from 20 countries, including China, due to ASF threats...
Hog raisers urged to fight ASF virus
September 5, 2019
HOG raisers in Pinamungajan, Cebu were advised to practice safe and sustainable pig farming to protect their pigs from the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak that is now present in 20 countries, including China.
At least 200 people were briefed about ASF Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, at the municipal gym of Pinamungajan. The ASF information drive was in collaboration between the town’s local government and Central Visayas Pork Producer Cooperative (Cevippco) through Excelsior Farms Inc. The PIC Philippines and Cargill Philippines also supported the event.
Pinamungajan Vice Mayor Richard Canilio said it is important that everyone in their municipality knows what ASF is and how each one can help protect the local hog industry from it, especially that hog raising is one of the town’s main livelihood.
The town has at least three large farms, namely Excelsior Farms Inc., Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative and BL Pangan Farm.
“In every barangay, we have a lot of backyard farmers,” said Canilio.
Pinamungajan is one of the municipalities in Cebu that has been identified to have many hog raisers. In fact at least 80 people who attended the seminar were raising hogs at from three to 12 heads in the backyard.
“This is a major industry that is a main source of income of many of our people here. That is why we will really be active in making more people aware about ASF and how it can be prevented. We’ll activate our barangay committee on agriculture to help us reach more farmers, especially those that were not able to attend,” said Canilio.
Cebu is the fourth largest producer of pork in the country and the largest in Central Visayas. The local pork industry is valued at P11 billion with a total consumption of 64 million kilos, of which 85 percent or 53 million kilos are produced locally.
“Given these figures, we could say that Cebu’s hog industry is really huge and we need to protect it from diseases like ASF because its impact will really be felt in the local economy, especially since about 150,000 families are directly dependent on the industry,” said Kenneth Dean, sales manager of Excelsior Farms.
In his presentation, Dean stressed...