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African Swine Fever Extends to the Island of Leyte in the Philippines

04/04/2021

Following the emergence of African swine fever (ASF) on the Islands of Luzon and Mindanao, cases were diagnosed in Leyte at the end of January.

 

Local outbreaks are ascribed to feeding swill, but it is evident that with the bulk of Philippine hog production from small family-operated farms, deficiencies in biosecurity, transport and trading in hogs are responsible for dissemination of ASF in the Nation.


Too little too late

Given the inability of the government of the Philippines to control ASF it would be appropriate to reduce the 30 percent import duty on pork and to allow importation of chicken from the U.S. to ease the inflation in the price of available protein.


 
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