ASF seen to cut pork consumption in PH
Agriculture lobby group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) said that the deadly swine disease African Swine Fever (ASF) could result to a decline in pork consumption in the Philippines.
In a statement, SINAG said that instead of shortage, Philippines may actually have a surplus in the supply of pork.
“We are not bothered by pork projections by so-called experts. We are more concerned with the continuous entry of untested ASF-laced pork imports,” SINAG said.
“This year, we are over-stocked by 110 percent… so there is no need to import. Our production this second quarter even increased by 4.1 percent,” it added.
Right now, pigs culled in areas affected by ASF represents 0.055 percent of the country’s total hog production.
SINAG said that in the coming months, the group sees lower pork consumption of 5 to 6 percent for this year.
ASF is a fatal animal disease among pigs. While it can result to 100% mortality rate among swine, the virus doesn’t pose threat to human health.