As a result of the growing concerns of African Swine Fever (ASF) and at the request of the Department of Agriculture and the local industry stakeholders, UBM Exhibitions Philippines has decided to postpone Livestock Philippines to May 28-30, 2020.

UBM Exhibitions Philippines have released the following statement:
'The Department of Agriculture 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.

'In this regard, UBM Exhibitions Philippines supports the Department of Agriculture/BAI and the local swine partners in its call for postponement of the 2019 show.

'Although Swine is only one component of Livestock Philippines, the organisers, based on expert advice, had put in place extensive biosecurity measures including the cooperation of the attendees to follow strict quarantine measures. However these measures were not seen as sufficient and the industry associations have requested our cooperation to postpone the event to a later date.

'We seek the understanding of all exhibitors and associations related to Aquaculture, Feeds, Broiler and Cattle to support the Philippine Government and the Philippine Swine Industry in its request. All Livestock Philippines 2019 participants may get in touch with their respective UBM sales office for details. We look forward to your continuous support in 2020 when this event will return, many thanks for your kind understanding.

'Livestock Philippines is the leading technology and equipment exhibition in the Philippines since 2011. The event showcases the best and finest in livestock equipment, feeds, meat and aquaculture industries.'

The Department of Agriculture released the following statement:
'The continuous spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) all over European and Asian countries creates fear especially among local swine producers who have invested more than two billions Philippine pesos. The possibility of ASF entering the country through participants, pork, and pork products, feeds, and farm equipment coming from ASF infected countries as a carrier of the ASF virus is not remote.

'In view of the above, UBM Asia Philippines and the Department of Agriculture have mutually agreed to postpone Livestock Philippines 2019 to a later date in the year 2020 of until such time that ASF is officially control in accordance with the recommendations of the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE).'

Visit the Livestock Philippines website, HERE.

For more information visit the UBM Exhibitions Philippines website, HERE.

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