Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called on travellers, especially returning Negrenses, not to bring pork products into Negros Occidental as a precaution against African Swine Fever (ASF).
The governor issued the appeal, after blood samples from infected hogs in Luzon sent to the United Kingdom were confirmed positive for ASF.
“We have to be alert, we are asking our Negrenses, especially if they have relatives coming home from Manila or even out of the country, please do not bring any pork in,” he said.
“Let’s buy local pork”, he said, noting that Negros Occidental is the No.1 backyard swine producer in the country.
However, if supply is not enough and pork prices go up, consumers can always shift to fish and chicken, Lacson said.
He said that while pork is consumable by humans, precautions have to be taken against the virus contaminating local pigs.ASF is a severe viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs;
ASF caused the depopulation of 7,416 hogs in Bulacan and Rizal farms last month, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said Monday.*
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