The Department of Agriculture called on Filipino consumers to patronize local pork and pork-based products to thwart the threat of a swine disease that may impact on the country’s hog industry.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said in a statement Friday the African Swine Fever had already affected many hog industries in Europe and other countries.
“This will be the first time I will make this appeal to Filipino consumers, meat importers, government policy makers and agriculture stakeholders because we are facing a grave danger which could destroy the Philippine livestock industry,” he said.
He noted that the threat was real and could affect the local hog industry, which benefits millions of families, mostly small backyard farmers, that raise 15 million heads of hogs every year.
The department has imposed strict quarantine protocols to prevent the entry of pork and pork-based products from at least eight countries—Belgium, China, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.