Negros Occidental to supply pork meat in ASF-infected provinces

Marje Pelayo   •   September 24, 2019   •   745

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The Provincial Veterinary Office of Negros Occidental assures the public that the province remains free from African Swine Fever (ASF).

According to Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena, they are strict when it comes to implementing biosecurity procedures and animal practices within the province.

Likewise, paraveterinary workers are constantly assisting the veterinarians in conducting regular rounds to pig facilities across Negros Occidental .

Currently, the province has about 4,000 pigs in surplus above its monthly consumption and it is planning to send these to ASF-infected provinces like Aklan and Cebu.

“We persuaded them [Aklan and Cebu] to amend their EO [because they have seen the] biosecurity [of the] province,” Decena said.

Earlier, the provinces of Aklan and Cebu issued executive orders banning the entry of pigs and other pork products from Luzon.

Decena said they may now supply pork meat to these areas after they were given go signal.

“We were given the chance to enter the market,” he concluded. – MNP (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

Duterte OKs reduced tariff rate for imported pork meat

Robie de Guzman   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order temporarily modifying the rates of pork import tariffs in a bid to address supply shortage due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

Under the Executive Order (EO) 128 signed by Duterte on Wednesday, the tariff rate for imported pork meat within quota or minimum access volume (MAV) will be reduced to 5 percent during the first three months upon the order’s effectivity, and to 10 percent during the months four to 12.

For pork imports outside the quota, the order cuts the tariff to 15 percent during the first three months upon its effectivity, and 20 percent for the months four to 12.

The EO said that the current 30 percent to 40 percent tariff rate for imported pork will be restored after the 12th month.

“There is an urgent need to temporarily reduce the Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rates on fresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine to address the existing pork supply shortage, stabilize prices of pork meat, and minimize inflation rates,” Duterte said in his order.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board endorsed the temporary reduction of the MFN tariff rates on pork imports.

Millions of hogs in the country were wiped out due to the ASF outbreaks. The shortfall in pork meat has pushed local meat prices higher and caused supply woes, particularly in Metro Manila.

Aside from increasing pork imports, the government is also implementing a massive swine repopulation scheme as part of efforts to revive the country’s hog industry.

DA to roll out P600M swine repopulation program in ASF affected areas

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to implement its P600-million swine repopulation program following the decline in the incidence of African Swine Fever (ASF).

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the program will initially focus on areas previously affected by the ASF outbreak and are now classified as “pink” and “yellow” zones.

“We are heartened that the ASF incidence is waning, which as of March 26, 2021, has registered 253 cases, versus 358 cases in January 2021, 330 cases in February 2021, and the highest level at 1,773 cases in August 2020,” Dar said in a statement.

“This piece of good news boosts the Duterte administration’s swine repopulation program — or the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion or INSPIRE — that will be implemented in ASF ‘pink’ and ‘yellow’ zones, and more extensively in ASF ‘green’ zones,” he added.

As per ASF color-coding scheme, “pink” zones serve as buffer, where ASF is not present but adjacent to an infected zone. It may also be an area previously infected but the ASF virus has not been detected for at least 90 days, and thus has recovered from infected status.

Other areas where the program will be implemented are the: “yellow” or surveillance zones, which are ASF-free but adjacent to “yellow” zones; and “light green” and “dark green” zones, which are free from ASF.

Dar said the program will be implemented through the ‘sentinel’ approach in the first regions affected by the ASF which include Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 11, 12, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The sentinel approach is the limited placement of pigs to ascertain if there is still ASF virus present in a test area.

The swine repopulation program will benefit 8,000 backyard raisers who will be grouped into 500 clusters, he added.

DA Undersecretary for Livestock Dr. William Medrano said the project beneficiaries will each receive three to five “sentinel” piglets — including feeds, veterinary drugs, biologics and anti-viral agents — during the six-month fattening period.

He said the sentinel component entails an initial budget of P400 million under the INSPIRE program.

Another P200 million is allocated for the INSPIRE multiplier breeder component to ensure continuous source of piglets for the subsequent expansion of the swine repopulation program, he added.

The DA called on local government units and stakeholders to join the government in its efforts to revive the hog industry.

“We need the strong and sustained support of backyard and commercial raisers, local government units, and the private sector to revive the industry,” Dar said.

“First, by effectively controlling the ASF and preventing its spread via strict biosecurity measures, and secondly, by embarking on a massive swine repopulation program,” he added.

DA issues temporary import ban on pork products from Malaysia

Marje Pelayo   •   March 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines -The Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild pigs and their products, including pork meat from Malaysia due to the African swine fever (ASF).

Based on the official report submitted by Malaysian Animal Disease authorities to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), there was an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the district of Pitas, Kota Marudu and Beluran districts of Sabah affecting backyard swine and wild boars as confirmed by Veterinary Research Institute (National laboratory).

Thus, the DA saw the need to prevent the entry of ASF virus to protect the health of the local swine population.

A moratorium is imposed on any application of Malaysia as an accredited importer of live swine, pork meat and its by-products.

Likewise, the DA ordered the stoppage and confiscation of shipments of the commodities into the country by all DA veterinary quarantine officers or inspectors at all major ports.

The order, signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, took effect on March 23.




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