The public hearing on the proposed ordinance that will permanently prohibit the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon and other African swine fever-affected areas to Negros Occidental is set today at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.
Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said yesterday he is expecting more than 100 individuals from all sectors―producers, handlers, local government units, buyers, consumers, and food chains - to attend the public discourse.
“We’re expecting the ordinance will be passed in the afternoon, during the regular session (of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan). We’re also expecting those whose businesses were affected by the ban of pork imports in the province to oppose the measure,” he said.
He added that the ordinance, once approved, will strengthen the existing 90-day ban of pork and pork products from Luzon and other ASF-affected areas to the province, that will end on December 18, to keep Negros Occidental free from the dreaded virus.
“It will also strengthen the authority of the task force and the Provincial Veterinary Office in terms of implementing the ban,” he added.
The proposed ordinance includes fines and penalties for violators.
The provincial government continues its aggressive campaign and monitoring against the entry of live pigs and pork products from Luzon to the province.
Fastfood chains that import its pork meals from Luzon have also stopped serving pork in their menus, and have signified their interest in buying local pork to meet their demands.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said the provincial government continues to encourage backyard hog raisers to produce more as they are expecting the demand for local pork to increase.
He also reminded the Negrenses to continue to be vigilant to protect the P6 billion swine industry of the province.*
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