IMPACT OF ASF ON HOG RAISERS
THE capital town of Lingayen is experiencing pork shortage as a result of the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak, prompting the mayor to issue an executive order allowing the entry of live swine/hogs from 11 towns and one city in Pangasinan.
Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil issued on June 22 Executive Order 04-A, series of 2020, entitled “Expanding the places where the LGU of Lingayen may source its live swine during the outbreak of the African Swine Fever.”
Bataoil said shortage in the supply of pork/hog meat in the municipality has resulted in hike in prices.
Bataoil’s order was specific that the town will only allow the entry of live swine/pigs only from the municipalities of Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Labrador, Urbiztondo, San Jacinto, Manaoag, Burgos, Dasol, Infanta, Agno and San Carlos City.
It added that prior to their entry here, the swine/hogs shall be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate that these are free from any signs or symptoms of ASF.
Lingayen Market Supervisor Arnulfo Bernardo said a kilo of pork at the town’s public market costs from P250 to P260, from previous P180-P200 a kilo only.
Bernardo believes that local hog raisers in the town had stopped operating since their hogs were culled after testing positive for ASF. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)
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