African Swine Fever in Luzon to push up pork prices in Metro Manila


by Vanne Elaine Terrazola, Manila Bulletin (Philippines)

October 16, 2020


The outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF) in central and southern Luzon will continue to push up prices of pork in Metro Manila as fear of the infection persists among hog raisers.


Bureau of Animal Industry Director Ronnie Domingo told senators on Friday that while the spread of ASF has slowed down, they estimated a 20-percent decline in the country’s swine inventory.


“Dahil po sa scare na dinulot ng ASF, ‘yong iba pong nag-aalaga ay nag-slow down, ‘yong iba po ay nag-early harvest na po sila (Because of the ASF scare some hog raisers slowed down, some harvested early),” he said during the Senate finance subcommittee’s deliberation of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) P86.3-billion proposed 2021 budget.


“Hardest hit po ang Central Luzon at saka po ang Southern Tagalog kaya po ang mga nagsu-supply po ng baboy sa Metro Manila, mas malayo na po ‘yong binibilhan nila ( Hardest hit were Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog that’s why suppliers of pork in Metro Manila had to purchase from farther areas). And this adds to the cost of the retail prices of pork in Metro Manila,” he added.


In reply to a query of Senator Nancy Binay, Domingo said the increase in prices will continue as he confirmed that livestock farmers would have to wait at least eight months before they can raise pigs again to make sure their areas are free of the ASF virus...