BONG SHIFTS GEAR TO COWS, GOATS AND CARABAOS AS NEGROS FRETS OVER ASF LOSSES
The hog industry in Negros Occidental has lost more than 17,000 heads to African swine fever and hog cholera valued at about P196 million, capitol data showed.
Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson, said last week the provincial government would stop its swine dispersal program for now.
“In the meantime, there are also other animals that we would like to propagate,” he told raisers from the Poultry and Livestock Association in Negros Occidental.
Lacson reiterated the province’s vision to produce the Negros Beef, which started with the acquisition last December of nine Angus breeders that have already started to reproduce.
“Gradually, let’s focus on cattle and of course, carabao, goat. Let us push not only hogs but many other animals,” he added.