Agricultural group: 99.6% of local hogs ASF - free


Louise Maureen Simeon & Eva Visperas, The Philippine Star

November 1, 2019


MANILA,Philippines — A leading agricultural group said 99.6 percent of local hogs nationwide are free of African swine fever (ASF).


Rosendo So, chairman of Samahan ng Industriyang Agrikultura (Sinag), said there was nothing to fear because hogs afflicted with the disease have all been culled.


The number of hogs affected “is very negligible,” So said, adding that more quarantine checkpoints have been set up to ensure that only those certified by the National Meat Inspection Service as ASF-free reach market shelves.


So also took a swipe at Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. spokesman Rex Agarrado’s statement that they would  not buy pork from local farmers to reassure the public that PAMPI products are safe amid the ASF outbreak.


What brought ASF into the country were imported meat and processed meat,” So stressed.


On Wednesday, So went around remote barangays in the boundaries of Pangasinan-Tarlac and Pangasinan-Nueva Ecija to coordinate with various local government officials, including village executives and watchmen, to set up additional checkpoints to beef up quarantine monitoring by the provincial government and guard against ASF.


He said some unscrupulous traders skirt around remote barangays in Pangasinan to evade checkpoints along the highways in a bid to bring uncertified ASF-free pork meat in the province coming from outside sources of dubious nature.


Earlier, a trader in Mapandan, Pangasinan brought 60 hogs from ASF-affected area outside the province by passing through interior barangay roads.


About 15 of the hogs tested positive of the virus. Later tests...