June 26, 2019
Int'l livestock show in Philippines postponed over African swine fever concerns
Livestock and Aquaculture Philippines 2019, which would have opened in Manila on Wednesday, June 26, has been postponed at the request of the Philippine government over concerns related to the African swine fever, from which the country has so far been spared, the twin event's organiser said in an official statement.
UBM Exhibitions Philippines said that "as a result of the growing concerns of African Swine Fever and at the request of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the local industry stakeholders", it has decided to postpone Livestock Philippines, which is held concurrently with Aquaculture Philippines, to May 28-30, 2020 (Thursday to Saturday).
It said that although the agriculture department has implemented tightened quarantine controls as one of its strategies since the outbreak started in China in August last year, it and the local swine industry have raised the possibility of ASF entering the country through exhibitions, as some of the foreign exhibitors and participants may come from ASF-infected countries.
UBM Exhibitions Philippines said it supported the call for postponement of the 2019 livestock show.
"We seek the understanding of all exhibitors and associations related to aquaculture, feeds, broiler and cattle to support the Philippine government and the Philippine swine industry in [their request", the statement said.
"We look forward to your continuous support in 2020 when this event will return, many thanks for your kind understanding", it added.
Livestock Philippines has become the leading livestock exhibition in the Philippines since 2011. The event showcases the best and finest in livestock technology, equipment, feeds, meat and aquaculture industries.