October 20, 2019
ASF deals US$3 million loss to northern Philippine province
The Pampanga swine industry has lost P150 million (~US$2.92 million) since African swine fever (ASF) broke out in the country, its greatest loss compared to previous years, manilastandard.net reported last week.
Pampanga is the third-largest swine producer in Central Luzon.
"Since August this year the losses have reached about P150 million and counting because of the low demand and poor sales," said Trinidad Gonzales, spokesman of the Pampanga Swine Producers Association.
"The industry will collapse if this situation persists," Gonzales said.
He said his group, with the help of the provincial government, had kickstarted a campaign to inform the public that Pampanga's livestock was not infected by ASF.
As a way of showing support for the swine industry, the provincial government led by Gov. Dennis Pineda held the first-ever "Pork Festival," where a boodle fight was served at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.
"We appeal to the media to be objective and balanced in reporting to prevent undue panic and to highlight the remedies and actions to mitigate the negative impact of ASF," Gonzales stressed.