Price of pork seen to spike despite abundant supply of frozen meat — Agri group

Marje Pelayo   •   October 28, 2020   •   189

MANILA, Philippines — Around four million pigs or about 65 percent of Luzon’s overall supply has been lost since the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), according to the estimate of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG).

According to the group’s president Rosendo So, most hog raisers had been apprehensive to resume their business in fear that their herd would catch the deadly pig virus. 

The Department of Agriculture (DA) also claimed that the country’s current supply of frozen pork meat products is 55% higher than last year’s 35%; thus, the agency ordered an investigation on the possible manipulation in pork supply.

SINAG, on the other hand, argued that despite the abundance in the supply of frozen meat, consumers prefer those which are freshly slaughtered as freezing tends to turn the meat to have a bland taste.

“Ibig sabihin hindi gumalaw ang frozen meat. Ang gusto pa rin ng consumers yung fresh na katay [Meaning, there is not much movement in the supply of frozen meat. Consumers still prefer the freshly slaughtered],” So said.

Based on the latest record of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), a total of 32 provinces across the country suffered the impact of ASF, most of them are in Luzon.

The group said the government should subsidize the transport of pork from non-ASF affected areas like the Visayas and Mindanao, otherwise, Metro Manila residents would face a further spike in the price of pork which now sells at around P360 pesos per kilogram.

The DA, meanwhile, said it is working with hog traders and raisers in the Visayas and Mindanao for pigs and pork products to be delivered to Luzon soon. 

“Weekly shipments will be increased, ranging from 27,000 to 30,000 head of hogs, coming from the main ports in Davao, General Santos (GenSan) and Cagayan de Oro (CDO), commencing next week up to December this year,” Dar said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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DA increases SRP on pork

Marje Pelayo   •   October 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has increased the suggested retail price (SRP) on pork meat.

Based on the latest administrative circular issued by the Department, the SRP for pork belly or ‘liempo’ is set at P280 per kilogram while SRP for ‘pork kasim’ is set at P260 per kilogram.

The SRP was imposed to guide consumers and meat vendors on a more reasonable price of pork.

The current SRP is higher by P70/kg as compared to the price of pork kasim in April which was at P190/kg only.

For pork belly or liempo, the price increased by P55/kg as compared to P225/kg in April this year.

“Iyong ating mga meat dealers, they’ve also incurred some additional cost para madala sa merkado ang ating mga pork, [Our meat dealers also incurred additional cost so meat could reach the market],” explained DA Assistant Secretary Kristine Evangelista the reason for such increase in SRP.

“That’s the reason why we felt it’s also time to adjust it because we are also taking into consideration [the needs of players in the value chain],” she said. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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New ASF outbreaks reported in 6 Luzon provinces, DA says

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – New outbreaks of the African Swine Fever (ASF) have been monitored in six provinces in Luzon, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Thursday.

During a Laging Handa briefing, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the incidents of ASF outbreaks were reported in the provinces of Albay, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Quirino.

The new outbreaks bring the total number of affected regions to nine, he added.

Dar assured that the culling operations for ASF-affected hogs have been implemented to ensure that no contaminated pork products will be sold in local markets.

“Mayroon po tayong ugnayan sa mga LGU sila na yung nakabantay doo sa mga areas na may declared ASF cases,may quarantine na yan hindi na makakalabas at kung ano yung kinakailangan na idepopulate,” he said.

“Lahat ng pupunta sa merkado, dapat dadaan sa slaughter houses at doon sa slaughter houses ay naka-bantay ang ating kawani ng National Meat Inspection Service at sila ang magbibigay ng certification na ito ay walang sakit at safe kainin ang karne,” he added.

The Agriculture chief also said that the government is providing hog raisers P5,000 indemnification per pig surrendered for culling.

Experts have said that the ASF virus is not harmful to humans. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

Kaso ng ASF sa bansa, bumaba mula nang ipatupad ang community quarantine — BAI

Robie de Guzman   •   July 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Iniulat ng Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) ngayong Biyernes, Hulyo 3 na malaki ang ibinaba sa kaso ng African Swine Fever (ASF) sa bansa matapos ipatupad ang community quarantine bunsod ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sa isang panayam sa UNTV program na Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, sinabi ni BAI Officer-in-Charge Dr. Ronnie Domingo na umaabot na lamang sa 20 kaso ng ASF kada isang milyong baboy ang naitatala ng ahensiya.

Mas mababa ito kumpara sa 63 cases na napaulat bago ipatupad ang community quarantine sa maraming lugar sa bansa.

Ayon kay Domingo, nakatulong ang paghihigpit sa pagbiyahe ng mga produktong baboy para mapigilan ang pagkalat ng ASF.

Sa kabila nito, sinabi ng opisyal na patuloy pa rin ang kanilang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan upang mabantayan ang mga babuyan at agad maaksyunan ang mga kaso ng ASF infection.

“Doon sa mga katabing baryo kung saan mayroong tinamaan, karaniwan po ‘pag may na-report po sa atin na bagong naapektuhan ng mga baboy, sa katabing bayan po ‘yon o kaya sa katabing barangay at ‘yan po y’ong ating binabantayan ngayon. Nag-organisa po tayo para mahigpitan po natin y’ong mga paggalaw ng mga baboy sa isang lugar,” ani Domingo.

Patuloy rin ang kanilang pakikipag-ugnayan maging sa pribadong sektor upang mapigilan ang pagkalat pa ng ASF lalo’t maaaring mabuhay ang virus kahit sa frozen meat sa loob ng tatlong taon, batay sa mga pag-aaral.

Pinaiigting rin aniya ng BAI, katuwang ang Bureau of Customs at Department of Agriculture, ang kampanya laban sa smuggling ng karne na maaaring maging daan upang makapasok sa bansa ang ASF at iba pang mga sakit sa hayop.

“’Pag dumating ho y’ong mga meat products na yan sa pier, nagkakaroon lang ho ng initial examination kasi wala ho tayong cold storage facility sa mga pier,” ani Domingo.

“Bubuksan ho ‘yan, iche-check namin together with the Department of Agriculture officials, tapos ipa-podlock ho natin ‘yan. Babantayan natin kasama ng mga taga-DA at NMIS papunta po doon sa cold storage nila at pagdating po doon, iinspect natin 100 percent habang binababa po ‘yan,” dagdag pa niya.

Ang masasabat na mga pagkaing kontaminado ng ASF ay agad aniyang dinadala sa isang pasilidad kung saan maaari itong sunugin gamit ang kemikal upang mapuksa ang virus.

Bukod sa ASF, sinabi rin ni Domingo na binabantayan nila sa ngayon ang G4 strain ng swine disease na kamakaila’y napaulat na nadiskubre sa ilang baboy sa China.

Payo naman ni Domingo sa publiko na mas mainam pa ring suriin at lutuing mabuti ang mga binibiling karne ng baboy at iba pang meat products upang masigurong ligtas itong kainin. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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