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Private sector boosts ASF campaign

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The private sector has joined the campaign against African swine fever to prevent the entry of the dreaded disease in Western Visayas.

The Iloilo-Bacolod Association of Veterinary Sales Representatives (IBAVSR) will hold a four-day caravan in Negros Occidental from March 1 to 4.

They held an information caravan in Iloilo and other parts of Panay in early February.

For Negros Occidental, they will kick off their campaign with a meeting with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Monday, March 1, for the turnover of power sprayers and disinfectants for seaports and provincial borders

The following day, March 2, they will hold the caravan and put up posters in ports, public markets, poultry stores, and public plazas in northern Negros, and in southern Negros on March 3 to 4.

They will also meet with Mayors Pedro Zayco of Kabankalan City and Ernesto Estrao of Hinobaan on March 3 and 4, respectively.

Provincial Veterinarian Renante Decena said the support of the private sector will further boost and sustain the province’s effort against ASF.

The provincial government through the Provincial ASF Task Force had been active in its campaign against ASF as early as 2019.

The province has already prohibited the entry of pork and live pigs from Luzon, Mindanao, and Eastern Visayas, which reported its first ASF case in the Visayas region, recently.*

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