Ham shortage in Iloilo? Won’t happen, says PVO

People buy ham as preparation for Christmas dinner. The Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office says there is enough supply of the holiday staple this December despite the 90-day pork ban due to African swine fever. REUTERS

ILOILO – Will there be a shortage of ham this Christmas?

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) assured this won’t happen.

According to Dr. Darel Tabuada, Veterinarian IV at the PVO, there will be enough hams this holiday season amid concerns on the 90-day pork ban in the province due to African swine fever (ASF).

Consumers need not worry about the shortage of ham brands from Luzon, noting local brands could still supply the market, he said.

“For the province, indi lang gid man Luzon ang naga-supply. We still have our local suppliers and may ara kita nga supplier from other areas like Cebu,” Tabuada added.

He said that brands from Mindanao and other parts of Visayas can also replenish the Luzon brands that they pulled out from the market given that these products have necessary permits.

Based on PVO’s latest monitoring, there is enough supply of ham and pork products in the market that could still last even after Christmas season.

Tabuada advised Ilonggos from Luzon areas coming home for holidays not to bring processed pork products.  Quarantine officers detailed in airport and sea ports strictly enforce pork ban, Tabuada said

Tanan nga pasalubong halin sa affected areas especially halin sa Luzon nga dal-on diri sa Visayas ang gina-confiscate,” added Tabauda, citing that these measures will ward off possible ASF breach.

Tabuada also said that local backyard farmers were not affected by ASF scare.

“Base sa amon monitoring wala gid man sang changes sang pagsagod sang baboy as usual gihapon,” added Tabuada./PN

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