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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2008, 06:47:22 AM »
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Pork prices soar in Metro
Posted by roboblogger on Thursday Apr 3

“It may take until July before the supply normalizes, because our backyard raisers lost their hogs (to disease)”

The price of pork in Metro Manila has increased over the past few weeks partly due to a shortage of hogs in Bulacan, which supplies 60 percent of at least 6,000 hogs that the metropolis requires every day. via ABS-CBN News

 


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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2008, 08:09:40 AM »
Philippine Hog Industry To Grow This Year
MANILA - The Philippine Department of Agriculture has expressed confidence that the local hog industry will expand by 3.5 percent this year, with exports to Singapore, the Americas, Russia, Japan and other Asian countries rising.


Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said aside from frozen meat, eight other processed meat items might penetrate other markets as the Philippines moves closer to being declared totally free of the dreaded foot-and-mouth disease by the Office Internationale des Epizooties or Animal Health Organization.

These meat products are luncheon meat, spam, pork and beans, lechon paksiw, pork adobo, sisig, chili con carne, and bistek tagalog.

Yap said, "Singapore is willing to accept Philippine exports of fresh, frozen meat subject to certain conditions, which are being worked out. We are looking at Japan, which is the world's top meat importer, as another major market for our meat exports."

The Department of Agriculture is eyeing the Japan market for freeze-dried and ready-to-cook meat products. Japan imported 1.32 million metric tons of meat in 2005.




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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2008, 08:12:20 AM »
Stakeholders assure ample supply of corn for livestock,
PHILIPPINES - Private stakeholders in the corn industry assured of a stable supply of corn at market levels that would enable hog and poultry growers to maintain the retail prices of meat and chicken at current levels.


In a recent meeting with stakeholders of the industry, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said the DA was told that with corn farmers surpassing their dry season production targets during the first quarter of 2007, reports of a supply shortfall of corn are actually misleading, if not baseless.

"There is actually no shortage. The reason for relatively strong corn prices in the local market is the high demand and price abroad, which is a result of factors such as the increasing demand for corn as a biofuel feedstock and the drought in Australia," Yap said.

Representatives of the Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (Philmaize), the country's federation of corn industry stakeholders, told Yap during the meeting that even with yellow corn costing as high as P12 a kilo, they do not expect hog and poultry growers to raise prices, owing to the stable supply of the grain, which is a major component in livestock and poultry feeds.

"With this year's high production and with imports ready to fill-in any projected shortfall during the lean months, we do not see any problem with our corn supply that would adversely affect the livestock and poultry subsectors," said Philmaize vice chairman Isidro Acosta.

Yap himself noted that in Pangasinan alone, corn growers have reported a 10 percent jump in dry season production.

The off-season production project of the DA's Ginintuang Masaganang Ani (GMA) Corn Program encourages farmers to plant during the months of February to April to enable them to harvest during the lean months.

DA Assistant Secretary and GMA Corn Program Director Dennis Araullo said there is a projected seven percent increment in production from January to June this year compared to last year's level for the same period.

At present, corn sells between P11 to P12 a kilo.

Araullo said this price level is "sustainable" and acceptable to corn farmers, who are now encouraged to plant more because of the sustained profits in corn production.

Corn production, which reached 6.08 million metric tons (MT) last year, is targeted to increase to 6.92 million MT in 2007 -- indicating a 13.73 percent growth rate.

Araullo said the DA's off-season production target, covering a total of 132,000 hectares, is expected to yield an additional 350,000 to 400,000 MT of corn this year.


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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2008, 08:20:03 AM »
Hog farmers promoting
frozen pork consumption 
The National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. is promoting the consumption of frozen pork among Filipinos as the Department of Agriculture is strengthening its "Pork in a Box" program.

NFHFI president Albert R.T. Lim said the hog industry will soon launch a campaign that will encourage consumers to buy frozen pork, whose quality, he said, is the same as non-frozen pork sold in meat shops. Since Filipinos have aversion to frozen meats, believing that these are no longer fresh, Lim said hog raisers want them to know that "there's nothing wrong with frozen pork."

In fact, the pork juices can be preserved better if it is frozen, he said, adding that it is actually a practice in homes to put meat inside the freezers, if there is no need to cook it immediately. The DA said "Pork in a Box" players noted that the program, launched in 2005, was not received well, primarily because chilled/frozen pork is not widely preferred by consumers.

Through "Pork in a Box, " the transport of live hogs is eliminated as only chilled or frozen carcass and cut products from Mindanao and Visayas, including Negros Occidental, are brought to markets in Metro Manila.

Lim said the hog farmers are glad the DA has strengthened the program to enable them to take part in the supply chain and provide the consumers easy access to quality pork cuts at a lower price.

The farmgate price of pork is now pegged at P75 per kilo, but the market price can go as high as P120. Prices, however, can still go down to P97 to P100 per kilo, if levels of middlemen are reduced and without add-on cost in marketing pork products.

"We will now be able to control the market and stabilize pork prices," he said, adding that since live hogs are no longer transported, there is also low risk of disease transmission among hogs.

Lim said that, in the past two years, Negrense hog farmers have stopped shipping live hogs to Luzon and since then, have been selling to buyers from Cebu.*NLG

 
 

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2008, 10:25:34 AM »
Friday, April 18, 2008Print This Page
Hog Raisers Conference - Technology Focus
PHILIPPINES - Commercial and backyard pig producers will gather at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City on April 24 to 26 for the 17th Annual Hog Convention and Trade Exhibits of the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc.



Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap will be the keynote speaker and guest of honor.

The convention, which will feature the latest swine production techniques and new equipment and medications for hogs, will be hosted by the Cebu Association of Meat and Poultry Products Multi-Purpose Cooperative headed by Pluy Ong. This year’s theme will be “Enhancing Pork production for the Export Market.”

NFHFI President Albert Lim Jr. said the convention aims to help promote and protect the interests of the country’s hog farmers and to serve as a venue to enhance the opportunities for growth, efficiency, equity and sustainability of the P120-billion hog industry.

It will also feature a series of seminars on swine management and production, and the eradication of common swine diseases as well as a live hog exhibit.




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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2008, 08:26:01 AM »
 Singapore News   
 
  AVA approves pork imports from Chile, Philippines
By Hoe Yeen Nie, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 14 April 2008 2012 hrs   

SINGAPORE : Singaporeans will soon have more options when buying pork. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has told Channel NewsAsia that it has approved the import of pork from Chile and the Philippines.

Singapore currently imports chilled and frozen pork from nine countries.

Most of the pork consumed here comes from Indonesia and Australia. And in future, it will be brought in from Chile and the Philippines as well.

But this will take some time because only two slaughterhouses in Chile have been approved to export frozen pork here.

AVA said that supply will depend on market forces.

Meanwhile, AVA is still processing the application from Philippine slaughterhouses.

NTUC FairPrice has welcomed the move to diversify Singapore's food sources.

Sales of frozen pork at its outlets have gone up by three times in the past three months.

It attributes this to due to, among other reasons, greater awareness on AVA's public education campaign on frozen meat.

More pork may also soon come from Malaysia, after a decade-long ban, which came into effect in 1999, when the Nipah virus - which is carried by pigs - struck some Malaysian farms, killing some 100 pig farmers there.

Malaysian newspaper 'The Star' on Sunday reported that a farm in Sarawak may soon export live pigs to Singapore.

But AVA said it has not received any official application from Sarawak.

It added that the application will need to meet Singapore's food safety standards. - CNA/ms


 
 
 

 
 
 

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2008, 08:24:10 AM »
 Home > Regions > Mindanao Davao hog raisers face crises
JOEL B. ESCOVILLA, Correspondent, BusinessWorld
04/22/2008 | 04:51 AM

Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us DAVAO CITY, Philippines - About 30% of backyard hog raisers in this city have folded up and a lot more are expected to follow due to rising cost of operation.

Davao Hog Raisers Association chairman, Teresita Pascual, said that losing more backyard hog raisers is alarming because they constitute 70% of the whole industry in the city.

She said other backyard raisers are holding on to their last stock, while some of them have sold off their remaining sows to send their children to nursing school. "They told us that it’s a better investment because their children will also earn P100,000 each month when they go abroad," she said.

Ms. Pascual said the backyard raisers could not cope with the expenses of renovating the pens, building sprinkling systems, and improving the ventilation to prevent heat stroke and diseases among the hogs caused by the intense heat. "It used to be that hog raisers allot one square meter per head; now, we have to double that," she said.

For those who plan to invest in commercial-scale hog farming, she said, P50 million would be an ideal investment for 500 sows at P100,000 per head, which could yield 80% return in three years time.

The situation has caused the farm-gate price of hogs to jump from P78 per kilogram last December to the present average of P90/kg.

Hog raisers, Ms. Pascual added, used to produce 10 piglets for each sow; but productivity dropped to six or seven piglets while the rearing period lengthened for each piglet. "Now traders don’t ask how much, they ask if there’s still stock left," she said.

Ms. Pascual also cited the price of feeds which tripled from five years ago, which she partly blamed on the government’s strategy to promote biofuel stock that, she argued, competed with the needs of her industry.

But William C. Barangan, provincial director of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics-XI, said the first quarter of the year is considered as seasonally lean months for corn in the country, adding the situation is expected to ease up by the end of the month.

He said the provinces of Bukidnon and Cotabato, the primary corn-producing areas in Mindanao, were also affected by incessant rains which pushed farm-gate prices up to over P13 from P10 last December.

Rising farm-gate prices of hogs provoked meat vendors in Bankerohan, the biggest public market here, to ask the city council to investigate the possibility of price manipulation. In a resolution submitted to the council last month, the Bankerohan Meat Vendors Association asked Councilor Edgar R. Ibuyan to look "into the drastic and continuing increase" of farm-gate price of hogs.

"The hog raisers may have a valid reason to raise farm-gate prices probably due to higher production cost," Mr. Ibuyan said. "But we want to ascertain that these farm-gate prices are reasonable and fair."

Current market stall price of pork in Bankerohan is now P145/kg, up from P120/kg in February

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2008, 12:12:07 PM »
Mikey does not look good for some..I will have to do a major upgrade..build more fattener cages hehe also increase my numbers of sows by 10 fold.so I can keep all happy!
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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2008, 08:32:07 AM »
Monday, April 28, 2008
In-breeding in pigs causes defects, small litter-expert

CROSS breeding is a better alternative to in-breeding even for backyard pig farms, a British expert said during the recently concluded hog convention.

Dr. Rex Walters of the British Pig Association said that while in-breeding—allowing swine and sow from the same breed to mate and reproduce—is commonly practiced by pig farms, it increases the possibilities of animal defects and lesser litter yield per year.

Cross breeding, however, improves survival rate of piglets and increases by about six percent the litter size per year, Walters said during the 17th Convention.

The use of good genetics for production would result in a large number of pigs per year, as well as fast and efficient growth, he said. He also said that good genetics would result in pigs with big appetites that, in turn, will lead to better quality pork.

Walters, who talked about the importance of genetics in the improvement of pig reproductive performance, mentioned technological advancements and methods used in hog farming abroad.

But he said these technologies, like the use of DNA technology and the utilization of biochemical pathway, have yet to be adopted in the country.

Cross breeding, on the other hand, can be processed naturally and at a lower cost, which would be an efficient method of reproduction that can be used by local hog raisers.

He pointed out that the Philippines is the 10th biggest hog producer worldwide. (Strawberry Yap, STC Intern)

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2008, 09:12:22 AM »
Philippines Livestock and Products Pork Market Report 2008
By USDA Foreign Agricultural Service. This article provides the pork industry data from the USDA FAS Livestock and Products Pork Market report for the Philippines. A link to the full report is also provided. The full report includes all the tabular data which we have omitted from this article.

 

Report Highlights:
Imports of pork and pork products increased by 43 percent in 2007, mostly made up of pork skin or rinds and fats, for use in meat processing. Majority of pork imports were sourced from Canada (32 percent), Germany (16 percent) and the United States (13 percent). Minimum Access Volume (MAV) utilization for pork increased from 5 percent to 19 percent last year, indicating an increase in importation of more premium pork cuts. In October 2007, the Philippine Department of Agriculture announced that it would be reviewing its MAV regulations, which is expected to be completed within the first quarter of 2008.

Tariff Rate Quota: Data from the Minimum Access Volume (MAV) Management Committee of the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) shows that in 2007, utilization rates of tariff rate quotas (TRQ) or MAV for pork increased from 5 percent in 2006 to 19 percent in 2007, indicating more imports of higher-value pork cuts, such as bellies and other unspecified prime cuts.

MAV usage for pork has been relatively low, due in part to the entry of large quantities of buffalo meat with a low tariff rate of 10 percent and illegally imported pork in the market. Buffalo meat, from India, has been traditionally used in the Philippines as a substitute for pork by the local meat processing industry. MAV utilization is expected to remain low due to the high in-quota duties for pork as well as high pork prices in the world market relative to the price of local pork. Majority of the pork imported in the Philippines is pork rind and pork fat.

WTO Commitments: Since 2005, the DA has continued to maintain 10th or final-year MAV levels under its Uruguay Round commitments. For pork HS 0203, the final-year MAV was 54,210 MT. The DA previously stated that it will continue to do so until such time as a new WTO agreement is reached. In October 2007, the DA announced that it would defer the distribution of 2008 MAV licenses, while it undertakes a review of MAV distribution guidelines. According to the DA, the review is being undertaken in order to allow new entrants and more entities to participate in the MAV system. On January 17, 2008, the DA released the MAV allocations for 2008, pending completion of the review, which temporarily disrupted trade for about 3 months. The review is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2008.

Tariff Rates: In-quota and out-of-quota tariff rates for MAV commodities have not changed since 2005.

Imports: Last year, according to data from the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), total pork imports increased by 43 percent, mostly composed of pork rinds or skin and pork fats used by the meat processing industry. The Philippines imported about 32 percent of its pork requirement from Canada and about 16 percent from Germany. The United States supplied a little over 13 percent (10,351 MT), mostly pork offals, fats and other unspecified pork cuts.

Production: Live hog production grew by 2.72 percent in 2007 and 3.66 percent in 2006. Hog production is expected to expand in 2008, albeit only marginally, due to increasing cost of feeds. In 2007, the Philippines imported 273 head of swine for breeding from the United States, an increase of 174 percent from the previous year (USDA/ERS FATUS Reports). Already in January 2008, local hog associations reported the arrival of 230 live hogs imported from the United States (see GAIN RP8003).

Consumption: Philippine population is roughly 90 million and growing at a rate of 2.36 percent per year. According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, annual per capita consumption of pork at 13.88 kg, grew by 1.39 percent in 2006, while consumption of pork offal grew by 3.57 percent.




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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2008, 08:14:44 AM »
Monday, May 05, 2008Print This Page
Pork and Chicken Price Changes Differ
THE PHILIPPINES - According to ABS-CBN, while the price of pork goes down, chicken prices take a leap.



The price of pork in markets will soon go down -- in five to six months' time, that is.

According to agriculture undersecretary Salvador Salacup, the supply of pork will go back to its normal levels by October or November this year, eventually leading to lower prices.

Pork prices reached a high of up to around P180 per kilo following an illness that struck hogs during the last quarter of 2007.





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« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2008, 11:08:55 AM »
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Singapore: Pork Processing Firm Accredited
SINGAPORE - According to Sun Star, Singapore has finally ratified the country's plan to export cut pork products. This has, thereby, enabled a local pork processing firm in Mindanao, officials from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) report.



Jane C. Bacayo, NMIS executive director, said Matutum Meat Packing Corp was recently given the green light to ship frozen pork parts in Singapore by that country's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).

Matutum Meat, based in nearby Polomolok in South Cotabato province, was one of two Mindanao firms earlier identified by the Department of Agriculture to pioneer the country's foray in the foreign pork market. The other one is the Davao City-based Nenita's Quality Foods Corp.

Ma. Elizabeth D. Callanta, NMIS export coordinator for Singapore, said the private sector would embark on a trade mission to Singapore to discuss arrangements with meat dealers there.

"We hope that we can start exporting pork meat parts to Singapore next month with Matutum Meat taking the lead," she said.

Callanta said Nenita's application to export pork meat products to Singapore has not yet been approved as there are corrective actions that need to be done for its facilities.

Also involved in the program is the Bureau of Animal Industry, another attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, Callanta said.

In March, Jose Ariel B. Billones, NMIS regional meat inspector, said Singapore has approved the country's bid to export frozen cut pork meat products to the island state.

But it was only last April 28 that AVA officially listed in its website Matutum Meat as a pork meat exporter to Singapore, the only company from the Philippines. Singapore also allows companies from 25 other countries to export meat products in the island state.

Matutum Meat, a sister company of Cebu-based Sunpride Foods, Inc. which produces Holiday corned beef and Sunpride canned goods, has invested around P200 million for its state-of-the-art processing plant in Polomolok town.



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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2008, 08:51:00 AM »
Thursday, May 15, 2008Print This Page
DA Supports Import of 38,000 MT Pork
THE PHILIPPINES - The Department of Agriculture (DA) is encouraging the importation of 38,000 metric tons (MT) of pork under the minimum access volume (MAV) program in order to augment supply and help cut the price of pork in the local market, reports Manila Bulletin.



DA Secretary Arthur C. Yap said the importation of the low tariff-bearing MAV program will ease hog price in the market along with government’s breeder restocking and vaccination program.

The MAV program over the past few years was not being utilized by the private sector due to the previously higher availability of swine locally. But now that hog price hit R200 per kilo, now settling at R180 to R195 per kilo, DA believes private companies that have allocation under the MAV should import their allotted volume.

The country imports pork from Germany, United States, and Europe. It has abstained from importing the meat from neighboring Asian countries due to the absence of proper quarantine procedures in importation and due to prevailing diseases like foot and mouth disease and hog cholera in these countries.



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« Reply #28 on: May 21, 2008, 10:11:41 AM »
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"Double Dead" Pork Confiscated at Quezon City
QUEZON CITY - ABS-CBN News has reported that a minimum of 3 tons of "double dead" pork were seized at Quezon City by the National Meat Inspection Service earlier today.



According to NMIS executive director, Jane Bacayo, the contraband was confiscated at Balintawak market during an operation conducted around 1 a.m.

Bacayo said the raid was done based on a tip from an informant about the arrival of the double dead meat.

"Look at this one. The meat has no NMIS mark. All of these [meat] did not go through NMIS inspection," Bacayo told reporters while holding a slab of double dead pork.

Bacayo said buyers should avoid buying pork that costs only P120 per kilogram. He said the public should not risk their health and avoid buying cheap pork, which, he said, are usually double dead.





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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2008, 06:00:30 AM »
Meat, fish prices to go up in the Philippines
[1 May 2008] Prices of meat, chicken and fish are likely to rise further in June in the Philippines as local feedmillers are poised to increase prices following the soaring cost of feed inputs such as soybeans, coconut oil, wheat bran and rice bran. Philippine Association of Feed Millers Inc President Norman Ramos said that feed prices are going up, although he declined to say by how much saying this will depend on individual companies. Mr Ramos had earlier warned of difficult times ahead with cost of production increasing 30%.

 

 

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