Jul 14, 2009 News Comments Off on Pork consumption has stabilised – Min. Persaud
The Ministry of Agriculture is now reporting that pork sales have stabilised at some level, as no upward or downward movement has been observed.
This is according to Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, who in an invited comment to this newspaper yesterday, said that based on anecdotal interactions with farmers; some have reported seeing movement in their sales.
However, Minister Persaud noted that since the Ministry is skeptical about the effect, an analysis is being conducted by his ministry on the public’s perception on the issue.
He added that the Agriculture Ministry will still pound away at the fact that the pork in Guyana is safe for consumption, despite the H1N1 virus.
Recently, the Ministry had reported that there has been a decline in the sale of pork on the local market which was mostly due to the H1N1 virus.
Persaud said that thus far, the animal health department has confirmed that there is no evidence of the pig population being infected by the virus.
The Pig Farming group has reported that in recent weeks, there has been a decline in pork sales as persons are hardly consuming the meat.
“I want to make a special appeal to the Guyanese consumers that based on all the available information; there is no reason why our pork-eating section of the population should desist from consuming pork, which is produced and grown in Guyana.
“The evidence and information that I have, indicate that there is no reason why persons should stop eating pork,” Minister Persaud had said.
Their surveillance in terms of the pig farms and facilities are continuing and vets are stationed in all ten regions.
It was explained that the Ministry has a very comprehensive disease action plan which can be activated immediately should there be the need to have such a plan in place.
According to Persaud, at the level of the National Influenza Committee, there is a lot of co-ordination between the Ministries of Agriculture and Health and the technical officers. The Agriculture Minister reiterated that while they need to be alert and take precautions, the Ministry needs to guard against rash and discriminatory actions.
“Those persons who might be spreading rumours that consuming pork will make you come down with the virus, or other types of misinformation should desist from doing so because the farmers have brought that to my attention.
“In fact there was someone on television espousing such nonsense and I want to appeal to the consumers to think about our pig farmers, they have invested and we have a very active pig breeding programme and the pig industry in Guyana has been growing.”
He explained that Guyana is one of few countries that is self-sufficient in terms of pork meat as the country is doing much more processing.
“There is even a strategic plan to do exports to the Caribbean, but our farmers in the industry require the sustained local support and we do hope that the H1N1 flu situation does not take a severe impact on the pig farmers and the pig industry.”
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