DA procures X-ray equipment to check on agri products
President Rodrigo Duterte has already approved the utilization of the Quick Response Fund (QRF) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the emergency purchase of 20 units of X-ray machines, which will be established in all international airports of the country to check agricultural products, especially meat, being brought in by passengers.
It was Finance Secretary Carlos G.Dominguez, head of the Economic Development Cluster (EDC) Committee, who endorsed the DA proposal to Duterte.
He cited the need for the country to protect its borders from plant and animal diseases notably the African Swine Fever (ASF) which is devastating the hog industry of many countries.
Dominguez also approved the installation of the meat and agri X-Ray machines in the customs area in all airports so that all hand carried and checked in baggage of incoming passengers, especially those coming from ASF-affected countries, could be checked.
Philippine Quarantine Laws prohibit the entry of meat, fisheries and horticulture products, including planting materials, if these are not covered by Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Permits issued by both the BAI and the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).