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·         Philippine authorities threaten legal action against hog traders

·         Agri dept warns hog traders of legal action as swine fever spreads

·         Greed brought us ASF; ban all pork imports

·         More ASF cases reported

 

 

 

Philippine authorities threaten legal action against hog traders

The Philippines' Department of Agriculture has threatened legal action against hog traders ignoring strict animal quarantine rules as it confirms new cases of African swine fever infections in metropolitan Manila and a northern province.

 

The Pig Site

1 October 2019

 

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the highly contagious and deadly disease was detected in another backyard hog-raising business in Quezon City in the country's capital.

 

Dar, who also confirmed African swine fever outbreaks in Pangasinan province in the northern Philippines, has ordered the culling of pigs in affected areas.

 

The incurable disease is wreaking havoc on hog industries in China and Southeast Asia and could also spell trouble for US grain exporters supplying animal feeds to virus-hit countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines.

 

Dar told reporters hog traders transporting infected pigs were to blame for the rising number of African swine fever cases in the Philippines.

 

"All hog traders, the full force of the law will descend upon you," he warned. "There are existing laws to follow and we hope that you will cooperate."

 

At least 20,000 pigs have so far been culled or have died because of the disease in the Philippines since last month, a small fraction of the nation's swine herd that was estimated at 12.7 million heads as of 1 July.

 

The Philippines, the world's 10th-largest pork consumer and seventh-biggest pork importer, declared its first outbreak of the disease on 9 September.

 

Agriculture officials suspect the virus was brought to local farms via food scraps, or swill, from hotels and restaurants fed to pigs, mixed with contaminated imported pork products.

 

To protect their hog-raising businesses, several provinces in central and southern Philippines have...

 

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Agri dept warns hog traders of legal action as swine fever spreads

 

Reuters

via ABS-CBN (Philippines) - Oct 01 2019

 

MANILA - The Department of Agriculture on Tuesday threatened legal action against hog traders ignoring strict animal quarantine rules as it confirmed new cases of African swine fever infections in Metro Manila and a northern province.

 

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the highly contagious and deadly disease affecting pigs was detected in another backyard hog-raising business in Quezon City in the country's capital.

 

Dar, who also confirmed African swine fever outbreaks in Pangasinan province in the northern Philippines, has ordered the culling of pigs in affected areas.

 

The incurable disease is wreaking havoc on hog industries in China and Southeast Asia and could also spell trouble for U.S. grain exporters supplying animal feed to virus-hit countries such as Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines.

 

Dar told reporters hog traders transporting infected pigs were to blame for the rising number of African swine fever cases in the Philippines.

 

"All hog traders, the full force of the law will descend upon you," he warned. "There are existing laws to follow and we hope that you will cooperate."

 

At least 20,000 pigs have so far been culled or have died because of the disease in the Philippines since last month, a small fraction of the nation's swine herd that was estimated at 12.7 million heads as of July 1.

 

The Philippines, the world's 10th largest pork consumer and seventh biggest pork importer, declared its first outbreak of the disease on Sept. 9.

 

Agriculture officials suspect the virus was brought to local farms via food scraps, or swill, from hotels and restaurants fed to pigs, mixed with contaminated imported pork products.

 

To protect their hog-raising businesses, several provinces in central and southern Philippines have imposed a ban on the entry of pork and pork-based products from the disease-hit areas, including Metro Manila...

 

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https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/01/19/agri-dept-warns-hog-traders-of-legal-action-as-swine-fever-spreads

 

 

Greed brought us ASF; ban all pork imports

 

By Marlen V. Ronquillo, The Mania Times (Philippines)

October 02, 2019

 

WHEN a crisis strikes, the small people are the ones readily thrown under an 18-wheeler truck with 15 tons of gravel. The truck then rolls back and forth till the last of the bones turn into peppery dust. Nothing survives. From “dust to dust.”

 

This is the latest example. The spike in rice prices several months back was the crisis used as a convenient cover to pass the rice tariffication law. Two winners emerged. The government technocrats who truly believe that investing in the country’s three million small rice farmers was a waste of time and resources. (The 3 million small rice farmers are in the real world the backbone of the country’s food security, but never mind.) The second and biggest winners are the real estate nabobs in both chambers of Congress who wanted to grab all the A-1 ricelands for conversion into residential subdivisions.

 

This is the whole truth. The scrapping of the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports could have been postponed till eternity. There was always this consideration of 3 million small lives, which would have been enough to thwart any World Trade Organization (WTO) reminder. The WTO mandarins are hardcore against QRs of any sort but the Philippine situation of 3 million small rice farmers was a humanitarian case which the WTO mandarins would have excused, although grudgingly.

 

Where are the 3 million small rice farmers now? Palay prices are anywhere from P8 to P10 per kilogram. The desperation is such that many small farmers are now untying the ropes of their carabaos to have something on standby just in case that fateful decision to just hang themselves is arrived at. Those who do not live in the rice-farming areas have no sense of the depths of desperation there. But it is real. In many farming areas, even the incentive to harvest standing palay is lost.

 

A crisis turns out winners and losers. And the small ones, historically, have been the losers.

 

That recent history is repeating itself with the current hog farm crisis.

 

As farmgate prices of pork fell due to the scare of the African swine fever (ASF) — a made-for-television news story because you just scare people and the bobitos and the bobitas of TV would report it without worrying about depth and context — the first to go under the 18-wheeler truck were the backyard raisers...

 

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https://www.manilatimes.net/2019/10/02/opinion/columnists/topanalysis/greed-brought-us-asf-ban-all-pork-imports/624834/

 

 

More ASF cases reported

 

Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine Star

October 2, 2019

 

MANILA, Philippines — African swine fever is slowly crippling Metro Manila as the Department of Agriculture (DA) has recorded new cases of ASF in another barangay in Quezon City, with more hogs needing to be culled.

 

Barangay Tatalon was placed under quarantine after hogs from the area tested positive for ASF based on laboratory tests conducted by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Agriculture Secretary William Dar confirmed yesterday.

 

Aside from Tatalon, ASF cases have been recorded in Barangays Bagong Silangan and Payatas.

 

“The ASF virus has spread to Barangay Tatalon. The pigs in the area were not transported and restricted within the backyard,” Dar said in a press briefing.

 

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said they started culling the infected pigs as early as Saturday after receiving reports of ASF cases in Tatalon...

 

... Cases of ASF have been reported in 17 areas in the country, including Bulacan, Rizal and Pangasinan. The government has culled more than 20,000 pigs nationwide. There are around 12.8 million hogs in the Philippines.

 

Quarantine measures ...

 

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https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/10/02/1956764/more-asf-cases-reported