THE National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) said the economy of Northern Mindanao will be greatly affected if the African Swine Fever (ASF) enters the premises of the region.
According to NMIS Regional Director Dr. Angelita Barcelona, there will be a “total wipe out” in the swine population of Northern Mindanao in the event of a positive ASF case in the region.
Northern Mindanao, Barcelona added, ranked third in the country with the highest production of hogs.
“Ma-totally wipe out ang atong swine population so daot ang atong swine industry. Kung mawala na, ang atong economy ang maoy maigo,” Barcelona added.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Regional Director for Operations Carlota Madriaga, for her part, said the ASF will not easily enter Northern Mindanao if everyone, including the local government units, private sector and the industry, will do their part in preventing the entry of live pigs and pork products from ASF-affected areas.
“Dapat kita gyud tanan mag tinabangay ani aron dili gyud makasulod sa Northern Mindanao,” Madriaga said.