The government maintained there is enough supply of pork and other products in the country even as the African swine fever has already spread to Davao. The Department of Agriculture said only 1.7 percent of the 12.7 million national swine population has been culled.
“From the 216,000 depopulated swine, only about 13 percent is sick, but because of the 1-7-10 protocol, we have to depopulate every hog within the one-kilometer radius,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.
Prices of pork products remain stable, but consumption fell by eight percent as consumers shifted to chicken meat.
The Philippines will import 300,000 metric tons of pork this year, up 13 percent from 2018.
Dar said swill feeding is the primary cause of ASF, but its origin is still being traced. Identified possible sources of the ASF include food waste from ports or smuggled pork products.