The Bohol Provincial Government has ordered the temporary ban of pork and pork-related products including the transportation of live pigs to the province as a way of safeguarding its own hog industry from the African Swine Fever (ASF).

Governor Arthur Yap, in a statement released on Tuesday, said these products will only be allowed entry into the province if it is accompanied by Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian.

A shipping permit issued by the BAI Quarantine Services will also be required.As for pork and pork-related products, Bohol will also not accept these products unless accompanied by the appropriate Certificate of Meat Inspection from the NMIS.

Yap said the ban is “due to the worsening situation in Luzon where the DA has refused to confirm or deny suspected cases of hog deaths” due to ASF.

The former agriculture secretary will also issue a memo to Bohol mayors to assign personnel to assist in the port quarantine efforts.

The Provincial Veterinarian has also been asked to coordinate with municipal mayors, municipal agricultural officers, Barangay Livestock Aide (BLA) and technicians to heighten their monitoring of farms and do early reporting.

Yap has also advised hog farmers to avoid swine swill feeding and the immediate installation of biosecurity measures such as putting up of foot baths and regular disinfection of farms. Vaccination against health cholera and deworming was also suggested to be implemented.

“Considering that the hog industry in Bohol affects more than 30,000 households in 21 municipalities valued at more than P6 billion pesos, we have to be proactive in ensuring the protection and sustainability of our local hog industry,” he said.

By Bohol Island News

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