The Abra hog breeders and raisers have sought the help of the provincial government to ensure the sustainability of the hog industry in the province.
The livestock sector has requested Governor Eustaquio Bersamin to provide a round-the-clock manning of the check point in Brgy. Tangadan, San Quintin to regulate the entry of hogs in the province. The regulation of the flow of livestocks in and out of the province is necessary to prevent the possible entry of disease-infected livestock coming from other provinces in order to protect the existing stocks in the province and sustain the industry.
The Governor immediately directed Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Diosdado Taverner, to implement 24-hour manning of the checkpoint in Tangadan effective January 27.
It can be recalled that Abra is on a selective ban on the entry of livestock into the province. The group had stressed that checkpoints be enforced again to ensure that only breeder stocks with legitimate papers be allowed to be brought in to the province.
In a meeting held at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall last January 27, the hog breeders and raisers reorganized themselves to be more responsive to the issues and concerns that beset the industry.
The number one problem of the group is the high cost of feeds and very cheap buying price for live weight where the industry is put at a disadvantage.
Just this month, the price of starter mash had increased by P30 per sack which pegs it at P1,400 per sack.
The price of pork in the public market is P185 per kilo as compared to the price of live weight which is only P90. Hog raisers claim that they are at a losing disposition with such situation.
The hog raisers are appealing that the price of live weight be increased also because even with the P95 per kilo of live weight which a few meat vendors sometimes offer, is just breakeven.
Meanwhile, the new set of officers of the Abra Hog Breeders and raisers (AHBRA) will be more insistent in pushing for the interest of the members.
The officers are Engr. Alejandro Bermudez, president; Gregoria Narciso, vice-president; Bella Galera, secretary; Dr. June Bigornia, treasurer; Engr. John Viste, auditor; Merla Castillo, P.R.O.; Anatacio Garaa and Delia Valera, – Sgt.-at-Arms. The veterinarians of the OPVET headed by Dr. Taverner serve as the association’s advisers.