October 30, 2019


Philippine hog sector sees losses of nearly US$20 million a month



African swine fever has caused the Philippines hog sector to suffer a loss of close to US$20 million a month, agricultural officials revealed in late October.


In response of ASF's spread in the country, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's office had issued a statement seeking a concerted government effort to manage, contain and control the disease. ASF has reportedly hit backyard farms in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila, and in many provinces on the main island of Luzon.


In another media briefing, Philippine central bank officials warned of an upside risk to inflation in 2020 amid the swine fever scare.


"There are opportunity losses for the hog industry estimated at about one billion pesos (US$19.5 million) a month," said Noel Reyes, spokesman for the Department of Agriculture.


The government reported the country's first outbreak in September. More than 60,000 pigs have since either died because of the disease or been culled. That is less than 1% of the country's herd estimated at 12.7 million pigs as of July.


Agriculture Secretary William Dar also called upon "small backyard hog raisers not to sell their ASF-infected pigs to traders, and for traders not to sell infected hogs, and pork and processed products."


Reported infections are all within Luzon and some provinces in central and southern Philippines have banned pork and pork-based products from the disease-hit areas.


- Reuters