The provincial government of Negros Occidental is urging hog raisers to produce local ham for the coming holidays, Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday.
This move is also meant to address the concerns of the public about the ham supply for December in the province, following the 90-day ban of the provincial government on the entry of pork and pork products from Luzon, that will end on December 18, to keep Negros Occidental free from the dreaded African swine fever virus, he said.
He assured Negrenses there is enough supply.
“Based on our monitoring and commitment from local producers, and ASF-free plants in the Visayas, we have enough supply of ham. The ham from ASF-free areas is not different from those in Luzon,” he said.
Decena said that with the support of the public, “We can maintain our province free from ASF,” he added.
He said the provincial government, through the Provincial Veterinary Office, is encouraging the local hog associations to produce ham.
“We have two commercial ham plants in the cities of Talisay and Victorias. We also have several backyard raisers who are making ham,” he said.
He added that PVO continues to conduct livelihood trainings on making processed pork products, such as ham, siomai, and tocino.
Those who want to buy locally-made ham can check out the 10 processing centers, supported by the provincial government and run by hog associations, in the cities of Himamaylan, Sagay, Cadiz, Talisay, and Victorias, and in the towns of Candoni, Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Valladolid, and La Castellana, Decena said.
“We are pushing our pig producers to be pork and pork products producers. Eventually, there will be a market. They can increase their backyard produce because of the technology,” he said.
Meanwhile, the provincial government is hoping to permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas to the province.
The proposed ordinance was already submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.*
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