EditorialThe ASF dilemma

The ASF dilemma

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Pork lovers may soon get their meat at lower prices after the Provincial government allowed the entry of hogs and pork products into Negros Oriental.

The price of pork had been the talk of the town lately as it had gone up due to the African Swine Fever (ASF).

The disease decimated over 300,000 pigs in Negros Oriental last year, and  has had a devastating impact on the industry.

Hog raisers and stakeholders in the industry have faced unprecedented challenges, with some experiencing severe financial setbacks.

While the economic implications are clear, any move to ease restrictions must be undertaken with a careful and pragmatic approach.

The primary concern is preventing the resurgence and further spread of the virus. Thus, any relaxation of measures should be based on thorough risk assessments, scientific evidence, and a commitment to maintaining robust biosecurity standards.

ASF knows no borders, and cooperation between provinces in combating this disease is essential.

Curiously, our neighboring province of Negros Occidental is not yet allowing pigs from other provinces into theirs, also due to ASF. Afterall, the virus is still very much around, so pig farmers should continue to keep their watch.

The easing of restrictions due to ASF, and allowing the entry of pigs and pork products into Negros Oriental is a delicate move that requires a careful balancing act between economic recovery and public health.

By adopting a comprehensive strategy, we can hope to mitigate the impacts of ASF, while working towards a sustainable and resilient future for the global pork industry.

 

 

 

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