SALES of local pork products have picked up following the imposition of the 100-day temporary ban on the entry to Cebu of live hogs, pork-related products and byproducts from Luzon.
Central Visayas Pork Producers Cooperative (CeViPPCo) president Rolando Tambago told SunStar Cebu their sales picked up last week amid the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak. He said the group observed strong buying of local pork from consumers.
“Cebu and the entire Visayas and Mindanao remain free from ASF. Sales are picking up after our press conference and maybe consumer confidence to consume more pork is more favorable now compared to weeks ago,” he said.
The CeViPPCo earlier reported a 20 percent decrease in sales after the ASF outbreak in Luzon. Despite this, Tambago urged consumers to continue patronizing the local pork products.
“Prices are very stable. I can’t see any price uptrend in the coming months because of so much local supply. We can’t say the exact figures, but we are happy that the demand is improving,” said Tambago, who is also the president of Virginia Farms Inc.
“I ask the public to continue supporting the local farmers by buying locally produced pork instead of imported pork,” Tambago said. (JOB)