THE Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 is urging hog raisers to supply processed meat instead of live hogs to the “National Capital Region (NCR) plus bubble.”
DA 7 Director Salvador Diputado said Bohol and Negros Oriental supply an average of 1,200 to 1,300 heads once a week to the NCR to augment the region’s demand.
“We are helping them by supplying them our surplus. If we have surplus food commodities, we supply them to Metro Manila. It serves two purposes: to address their demand and to help our producers earn,” he said.
He said hogs slaughtered in double class-AA or triple class-A are guaranteed safe and are valued more than the live hogs.
The DA said triple-A abattoirs or facilities employ modern equipment and procedures that comply with international standards as they are accredited to churn out meat products for sale in any domestic and international markets.
Diputado also said Cebu continues to repopulate its hog supply.