Livestock trade show postponed over ASF fears

The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DA) has instructed Livestock Philippines to postpone to 2020, apparently out of fear that African swine fever might be brought by visitors to the event.

Accordingly, UBM Exhibitions Philippines has postponed the Livestock Philippines & Aquaculture event scheduled to take place 26-28 June, 2019 to 2020 due to the ongoing ASF outbreak in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Rungphech Chitanuwat, group director – ASEAN, said that two weeks ago, UBM was instructed by DA to postpone the show to 2020. A permit to organize the exhibition issued by DA to the city of Pasay’s mayor (which hosts the exhibition) was withdrawn.

The cancellation has caused remarkable losses for stakeholders. Therefore, UBM is trying its best to support exhibitors by launching an “online business matching program” to support exhibitors and trade visitors. Development of a “loyalty postponement program” with a series of conferences and seminars for the upcoming show in 2020 is underway.

UBM will support returning shipments for exhibitors who have already shipped products to the show.