BACOLOD

Negros to supply pork to Boracay

GOVERNOR Eugenio Jose Lacson said Negros Occidental will be supplying pork to Boracay through the Provincial Government of Aklan.

Lacson said that Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores learned of the province's surplus of pork supply when they met recently, which is why he decided the possibility of getting the supplies from Negros instead of Batangas.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said Negros Occidental has a surplus of about 4,000 pigs per month.

Lacson said Decena is now coordinating with the Provincial Veterinarian of Aklan for Negros to supply pork in Aklan, and confirmed that Cebu has already allowed live pigs coming from Negros to their province because of the Province's Health Practices and Biosecurity.

Decena said last Friday that 70 live pigs were delivered in Cebu after the Cebu Provincial Government acknowledged the certification from the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) to backyard raisers after they were refused entry for lack of permits.

Live pigs are sold at P85 per kilo, he said.

Decena also encouraged local producers to invest on processed pork like bacon, ham and other products.

"We can supply for local demands of pork and we even have a surplus. That's why we should not worry that we ban pork and processed pork products from Luzon and other areas," he assured.

27 kilos of Pork Siopao seized

Relative to the campaign against the African Swine Fever (ASF), the Provincial ASF task force seized 27 kilos of pork siopao from Manila at the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

Decena said the apprehension was done by the Task Force on Sunday as part of the campaign to protect the province against ASF.

"Don't bring in to the province pork or processed pork products because we are not assured of their processing method. Even a gram of contaminated processed pork product could affect our pigs," Decena appealed.

Decena refused to name the owner of the seized siopao.

He also appealed to the public to maintain the province ASF free.


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