Assuring the public that Pangasinan’s pork products and by-products are safe to eat, Department of Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar led the conduct of Lechon Festival through “boodle fights” held in Urdaneta City and Rosales, Pangasinan on December 1, 2019.
Organized by the Federation of Hog Raisers Association in Pangasinan and the local government units of Urdaneta and Rosales, in partnership with the Abono Partylist, the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) and private entities, the Lechon Festival is among the strategies of DA and private entities to put at rest the uncertainties of pork consumers regarding the effects of African Swine Fever (ASF).
In his message during the activity, Secretary Dar urged the public to help the government in preventing the spread of ASF by reporting cases of abnormal hog deaths in their areas to the City or Municipal Offices or the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian for them to coordinate with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).
With the established quarantine measures and observing the 1-7-10 protocol, Sec. Dar reminded the traders to stop buying ASF-infected hogs, more so in slaughtering them to stop spreading the disease.
“Sa mga traders po natin, huwag bumili ng mga baboy at kakatayin ang mga may sakit na dahil kayo ang magkakalat na ng sakit.”, Dar urged.
Dar assured the public that there is enough supply of pork meat and meat products this Christmas season as there is even a reported over production by the hog raisers
“The hog industry is P260 billion industry. Kaya dapat lamang na pangalagaan natin ang industriyang ito,“ Sec. Dar said.
Meanwhile, of the 13 million total hog population in the country, Sec. Dar announced that only less than one percent is infected with ASF.
- RAFIS Ilocos Region