Provincial Veterinarian Placida Lemana said the volume of live pigs being shipped out of here has dropped to only between 2,000 to 3,000 heads a month since the start of 2023.
Lemana said the drop in the volume could be attributed to the increase in the use of locally-grown hogs for processed pork products as those from Iloilo and Cebu provinces, both with confirmed African Swine Fever (ASF) cases, are barred here.
Meanwhile, Lemana also said more than a P1 million worth of pork and pork products were shipped back and confiscated by the African Swine Fever (ASF) task force of Negros Occidental during the Holy Week.
Lemana said they were able to ship back 9.52 kilos of pork and 97,680 packs of processed food from 1-10 April 2023.
She clarified they shipped the item back since these lack proper documents needed by the office as some of the processed food were also from Cebu.
She addes 178 kilos of pork products were confiscated and burned by the task force, mostly coming in through the BREDCO port.
More than P100,000 worth of pork products from the port were burned, one of which was a whole lechon.