Livestock trade show moved to 2020 amid swine fever fears

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THE LIVESTOCK Philippines trade show has been postponed to 2020 at the request of the industry and the Department of Agriculture amid fears the exhibition may serve as a vehicle for spreading African Swine Fever (ASF), organizers said.

In statement, UBM Exhibitions Philippines said the expo has been moved to May 28-30, 2020. BusinessWorld reported earlier that the trade show was to take place on June 26-29 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

“The Department of Agriculture (DA) has implemented tightened quarantine controls as one of its strategies since the outbreak started last year. As a result, the Department and the local swine industry have raised the possibility of ASF entering the country through exhibitions such as Livestock Philippines, as some of the foreign exhibitors and/or participants may come from ASF infected countries,” UBM said in a statement.

UBM supplied media outlets with a letter from the DA said the postponement decision to 2020 was “mutually agreed.” The DA said another date is also possible “until such time ASF is officially controlled in accordance with the recommendations of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).”

It also attached a statement from the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association recommending that the trade show be postponed.