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Bulacan Gov eyes procurement of equipment to protect hog industry
Tuesday, 07 December 2010
CITY OF MALOLOS – In a bid to protect and boost the local swine industry in the province, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado announced that the province considers procurement of new equipment that will detect livestock related diseases in Bulacan.

In a program held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, Monday morning, the governor said this concern will be among the issues to be discussed in the Stakeholders’ Meeting slated on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at the Hiyas Pavilion in this City.

“We hope to procure sophisticated equipment to immediately address the livestock and even poultry related diseases so we do not have to consume much time in bringing the specimens abroad for laboratory tests, in case another related incident occurs.”

Alvarado added that the time interval from detection of diseases and testing of specimens often takes a while compromising the image and interest of this major industry in the province.

According to the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO), about 250 stakeholders including Hog Raisers Association, Meat Inspectors, Market Masters, Slaughter House Supervisors, PNP Chief and Mayors of the 21 municipalities and three cities of the province are expected to actively participate in the said meeting.

Aside from investing on equipment, the governor said, the meeting will also deal on the issue of hot meat or “botcha” in the different public markets not only in the province but also in the national capital region.

“We will discuss the matter with local hog raisers and other stakeholders on Wednesday because we are duty bound to protect the industry and consumers alike,” Alvarado said.

Based on reports of PAO, Bulacan’s markets are free from hot meat trading. The hot meats were observed in the markets of Balintawak, Quezon City and Caloocan.

“We must ensure that all pork coming from Bulacan and being distributed in the Metro Manila area are safe, otherwise, our local hog raisers will suffer,” Alvarado said.

Bulacan was identified by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) as one of the seven provinces where hot meat was observed. Others are Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Batangas, Laguna and Rizal.

Bulacan is the biggest meat supplier in Metro Manila with 60 percent of their needs equivalent to around 1 million metric tons daily.###

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