DA intensifies border control amid African Swine Fever scare

Marje Pelayo   •   April 5, 2019   •   4355

FILE PHOTO: Pigs are seen in a piggery at a village near Warsaw April 10, 2014. Poland has asked the European Union to intervene in a spat over Russia banning imports of Polish pork and says that the case could be taken up by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Russia suspended imports in February, citing concerns that cases of African swine fever among wild boars in Poland could spread to farmed pigs. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND – Tags: ANIMALS HEALTH POLITICS BUSINESS)

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines intensifies its border control against the entry of meat products from Cambodia and other countries that currently declared African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.

The World Animal Health Organization or OIE has confirmed the ASF outbreak in Cambodia, the second Southeast Asian country to be affected by the deadly swine disease.

This was revealed by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol on the sidelines of the 28th National Hog Convention and Trade Exhibits on Thursday (April 4).

In his Facebook page, the Agriculture Secretary said a total of 15 meat-sniffing dogs, all German Shepherds, will be stationed in areas before the Customs counter of the International airports starting this weekend.

To be commissioned by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the initial batch of service dogs are all from Talisay City, Negros Occidental K9 Field of Dreams.

Meanwhile, another 40 dogs are now being trained for meat sniffing and will be deployed in two months, according to Secretary Piñol.

Cambodia will join 15 other countries banned from shipping meat products to the Philippines, with the most recent prohibitions from Vietnam and Mongolia. – Marje Pelayo

READ: Filipinos urged to buy local pork products amid fears of African Swine Fever

No food shortage in Odette-hit areas — Dar

Maris Federez   •   December 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has assured that the country has sufficient food supply despite the damage caused by Typhoon Odette to the agricultural sector.

Based on DA data, more than 68,000 farmers and fishers were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Around 300,000 hectares of farmland were destroyed and large portions of fisheries were affected.

The coconut and rice industries have also greatly suffered.

“Ang total damage and losses sa agriculture natin sa bansa ay umabot na po ng almost P6 billion pesos, still counting,” said DA Secretary William Dar.

Despite this turn of events, however, Dar assured that there will be no shortage of food supply.

“We do not have a big problem in terms of rice. Rice is so much available in most of the areas. But, of course, there are those areas that are slightly affected because of logistics,” he said.

Meanwhile, the department allotted Php2.9 billion to procure and distribute seeds for sowing and fishing boats.

This is to assist farmers and fisherfolks to get back on their feet and start anew. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

Phl inflation slows down in November — PSA

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The inflation rate in the country slowed down in November, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported Tuesday (December 7).

The PSA said the country’s inflation “continued to exhibit a slower pace as it eased further to 4.2 percent in November 2021, from 4.6 percent in October 2021”.

The average inflation from January to November 2021 remained at 4.5 percent. Inflation in November 2020 was posted at 3.3 percent.

The reason behind the downtrend in the overall inflation in November 2021 was the slow movement in the price index of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 3.9 percent inflation.

“Ang dahilan ng pagbagal ng antas ng inflation nitong  Nobyembre 2021 ay ang mas mabagal na paggalaw ng presyo ng food and non-alcoholic beverages na may 3.9 % inflation at  93.2 % share sa pagbaba ng pangkalahatang inflation sa bansa,” PSA national statistician Dennis Claire Mapa said.

In addition, lower inflation was also recorded in the price of alcoholic beverages and tobacco at 7.5 percent, and furnishing, household equipment, and routine maintenance of the house at 2.4 percent.

A downward trend was also registered in the inflation for food index as it slowed down further to 4.1 percent in November 2021, from 5.6 percent in the previous month.

By specific food item, the annual growth rate of vegetables dropped by -1.8 percent during the month, after posting a double-digit annual increase of 11.4 percent in October 2021.

Moreover, annual increases in the indices of meat and fish, slid at 10.7 and 7.9 percent, respectively.

However, on a month-on-month basis, both meat and pork recorded positive inflation at 2.4 and 4.2 percent, respectively.

“Pork prices continuously went down month-on-month from July to early-October. This means that our policy to temporarily import pork has been effective. However, the uptick in prices in November shows that we need to further ease administrative requirements for the unloading and distribution of stocks to encourage more importation and help bring back pork prices to their pre-African Swine Fever level,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua said.

On the other hand, the PSA also noted that non-food inflation slightly rose to 4.1 percent from 3.8 percent for the same period.

This was caused mainly by high international crude oil prices, which drove up transport inflation to 8.8 percent from 7.1 percent.

Slight increase in inflation was also reflected in housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels at 4.6 percent from 4.4 percent. —/mbmf

Presyo ng baboy, posible pang tumaas habang papalapit ang holiday season – DA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tumaas ang presyo ng karne ng baboy sa ilang pamilihan sa Metro Manila.

Sa ulat ni Aileen Cerrudo sa UNTV C-News, sinasabing umaabot sa P20 hanggang P60 ang presyo ng karne ng baboy.

Sa Mega Q Mart, nasa P420 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo, P350-P360 naman ang halaga ng kada kilo ng kasim.

Sa Commonwealth Market, hanggang P320 ang halaga ng liempo at nasa P360 naman ang kasim.

Nasa P390 ang presyo ng kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P300 to P340 ang presyo ng kasim sa Malabon Central Market.

Sa Munoz at Guadalupe Market naman, umiikot sa P360 hanggang P380 ang kada kilo ng liempo habang nasa P320 at P330 naman ang kasim.

Ayon sa Department of Agriculture (DA), ito ay bunsod ng kakulangan pa rin sa supply ng baboy dahil sa epekto ng African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Ayon sa DA, posible pang tumaas ang presyo ng baboy sa pagsapit ng buwan ng Disyembre dahil sa inaasahang pagtaas ng demand kaugnay ng holiday season.

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