Hog raisers in the Visayas are set to consolidate all their efforts and initiatives in stopping the entry of the dreaded African swine fever virus to the region, Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.
Commercial hog raisers in the Visayas will convene a general assembly in Cebu City on November 12, he said.
Decena said the Negrense delegation will share the proposed ordinance that will permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas to the province.
“The groups from different provinces will then harmonize the initiatives and shared experiences on ASF control to ensure that the Visayas remains free from the virus,” he said.
The provincial government is now imposing a 90-day ban on the entry of pork and pork products from Luzon, that will end on December 18.
The proposed ordinance includes fines and penalties for violators.
Despite the call of Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to local government units to lift the ban on processed pork products, Negros Occidental remains firm in its implementation of the ban and has not eased its restrictions.*
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