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Bulacan Hog Industry will Recover After Culling

by 5m Editor
4 March 2009, at 12:22pm

PHILIPPINES - Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza said today he is optimistic that the dying hog industry in the province will recover as soon as the government is done with the culling of the Ebola Reston-infected pigs in Pandi town.

"Just like in the past when pigs were struck by FMD (food and mouth disease), the hog industry was able to recover," Mr Mendoza told ABS-CBN's morning show, "Umagang Kay Ganda."

Mr Mendoza on Tuesday said that the already troubled hog industry in the province was aggravated by the Ebola Reston scare, bringing down the sales of pork by 50 a whopping per cent.

"When I went around [public markets] yesterday (Tuesday), vendors told me that pork sales dropped by 50 per cent. Market vendors selling eight pigs a day are now selling only four," the governor said.

Mr Mendoza said hog traders around the province told him that pork sales have been cut to half since the Department of Health (DOH) revealed the Ebola Reston infection in pigs from farm in Pandi town.

The governor, however, said that he is expecting the hog industry in the province to recover as soon as the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) finishes the culling of the Ebola Reston-infected pigs in Pandi town this week.

He said a total of 2,662 pigs have been killed and he expects the BAI to finish the culling of more than 3,000 more infected pigs by Friday.

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