first_imgMagdato said the footbath, however, hadbeen placed at the airport even before the report on the ASF in Luzon. Antique provincial veterinarian Dr.Romeo Magdato said Wednesday they are just waiting for Gov. Rhodora Cadiao’s ExecutiveOrder (EO) to implement a temporary ban. It is just temporary until such timethat there will be no more ASF cases that could threaten the hog industry, hesaid. He said that the backyard hog populationis 68,873 while the commercial is pegged at 4,541 heads with a value estimatedat P451,396,991. “ASF is a serious disease with 100percent mortality among the affected hogs,” he said. Up to now, there is novaccine or medicine for the treatment of the hogs that acquired the disease, headded. He added that this temporary ban is oneof the recommendations of the ASF Crisis Management Task Force formed last weekto protect the hog industry in the province. He said that although Antique is only fifthin terms of the hog population in Western Visayas with Negros Occidental asnumber one, hog raisers’ livelihood would suffer if ever there would be ASF inthe province./PNcenter_img “We also have now the footbath at theairport as biosecurity measure,” he added. “In Antique, we have a total of 73,414hog population of which mostly are backyard,” he said. These pork products sold at the public Market of Sibalom town in Antique are still safe to eat. The Provincial Veterinarians Office assured that the province is still free of African swine fever. PNA “We are just waiting for the EO so thatthe temporary ban could be implemented. To be included in the ban will also bethe imported pork being sold in the supermarkets and other stores,” Magdatosaid. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government here will temporarily ban theentry of pork and its by-products as a precautionary measure although theprovince is still free from the African swine fever (ASF) contamination.last_img read more