The Cebu provincial government will continue to ban the shipment of livestock from Luzon and other parts of Mindanao, as well as intensify border controls at sea and air ports to prevent the entry of live pigs and products. made with chicken on the island.
This is in line with African Swine Fever (ASF) which affects farm animals in Luzon and other parts of Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said she was not considering lifting the ban amid the continued threat of the disease.
Garcia issued Executive Order 9-A to extend the live poultry ban an additional 45 days beginning April 19, 2022.
“We are tightly controlling the NATO borders against the ASF which has hit more than 50 provinces. Thus, we are banning all live pigs, pork and pork products from the whole of Luzon, Mindanao and Region 8,” Garcia said.
Cebu is one of the largest producers of pork products in the county.
Entry of chickens and its by-products from the mentioned places is also prohibited due to bird flu.
“Its bird flu, we will continue to keep live birds out…I’m not going to risk it,” the governor said.
Currently, the province of Cebu remains free from African swine fever and avian influenza. (ANV/TPT)
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