Cebu

Cebu halts hog export for 6 months

Lorraine Ecarma

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'There is an urgent need to strictly regulate the export of live hogs and sows to other areas of the country in order to protect the pig supply in the Province of Cebu,' reads an order signed by Governor Gwendolyn Garcia

Cebu Province will temporarily stop exporting hogs and sows to other provinces to ensure adequate supply of pork while it continues to ban imports from areas affected by the African swine fever (ASF). 

The moratorium is set to last for 6 months.

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, through Executive Order No. 8 signed on Friday, January 29, expressed the “urgent need” for the moratorium to ensure enough supply and to regulate the price of pork.

“Due to the increase of demand of pork and live hogs within the Province of Cebu, accompanied with the increase in demand of the same in ASF-affected zones, there has been a concomitant increase of rice per kilo-live weight within Cebu,” the document read.

“There is an urgent need to strictly regulate the export of live hogs and sows to other areas of the country in order to protect the pig supply in the Province of Cebu,” the document added.

In a meeting between the Cebu Provincial Government and Central Visayas pork producers, among others, it was reported that the local supply of pork fell short in meeting the province’s demand of 4,226 metric tons.

Cebu Province has a long-standing indefinite ban on live hogs, pork, and pork products from countries and localities affected by ASF. This includes the entirety of Luzon, Mindanao, and Eastern Visayas.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health, ASF is a highly viral disease exclusive to pigs and wild boars with up to 100% mortality rate within 2-10 days of infection. – Rappler.com