HCMC tightens control over pigs into city

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Husbandry and Animal Health yesterday said around 2,500 pigs are transported from the North to the South through the central province of Thua Thien – Hue; accordingly, the Department will quickly test to find out diseased animals to prevent it into the city.

HCMC tightens control over pigs into city

Also, the Animal Health Department in the section 6 under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday announced to set up three supervision teams in cities and provinces to stop spread of African swine fever to the South.

Statistically, the amount of hogs transported from the North to the south-central province of NInh Thuan and the southern province of Dong Nai decreased by 40 percent compared to before thanks to close coordination in quarantine of responsible agencies.

Purchase power in traditional markets in HCMC has slightly gone down because of worry of the transmission risk but insignificantly.

 Presently, price of pork in several markets such as Tan Chanh Hiep in district 12 and Nhat Tao in district 10 was fluctuating at VND110,000 - VND115,000  ($4.73 - $4.93) for a kilogram of pork side; VND98,000 - VND115,000 per kilogram of ham; VND100,000 - VND125,000 per kilogram of shoulder meat averagely down by VND2,000 - VND3,000  per kilogram in different places because of various transportation fee and pork quality.

Apart from that, purchase power in supermarkets and convenience stores such as Co.opMart, BigC, VinMart maintained because of clear sources of pork.

Saigon Co.op announced 60 tons of pork is consumed daily and it increases to 70 - 80 tons in weekend days while a representative from Vissan reported a slight reduction in pork consumption but Vissan still sells around 60 tons a day.

In a talk with Sai Gon Giai Phong reporter, Head of Hoc Mon wholesale market Le Hoang Phong said that from early March, 5,000 pigs are transported a day averagely to the market, decreasing by 450 pigs a day compared to previous month.

Similarly, BInh Dien wholesale market has seen a reduction in the amount of pig into the market.

Both Hoc Mon and BInh Dien are under close supervision; hence, pigs from the North will hardly enter the two.

What is more, big farm operations in HCMC have voluntarily lowered price of hogs with the aim to deter transportation of the animal from the North into the city.

More importantly, traders said straight not for profit to cause disastrous impact on breeders.

Related agencies have kept monitoring the disease; however, there has been a worry that pigs will be transported to the South for consumption sneakily because of small subsidy for breeders; as a consequence, farmers and enterprises petitioned for higher subsidy to deter people from selling off diseased pigs  secretly leading to more outbreaks.

By staff writers - Translated by DAN THUY

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