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« Reply #240 on: August 12, 2011, 10:32:15 AM »
Thursday, August 11, 2011
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« Reply #241 on: August 17, 2011, 10:59:20 AM »
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Agricultural Output up Five Per Cent
PHILIPPINES - Agricultural output increased by 5.5 per cent, mainly due to increases in rice, corn and sugarcane production. Poultry meat and egg production was up more than three per cent, pig meat by one per cent and fishery output was down three per cent.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has credited rice and corn for the expansion of the farm sector by 5.48 per cent in the first semester, according to Manila Bulletin. Palay (rice) yielded 7.58 million metric tons (MMT) and corn notched 3.31MMT to increase the crops sub-sector's growth to 11.1 per cent. This sub-sector contributed 51.8 per cent in total agricultural output.

The livestock and poultry sub-sectors, which grew by 0.85 per cent and 3.6 per cent, respectively, also added modestly to the gain of the first half of 2011.

Fisheries dipped by 2.9 per cent, as commercial and municipal fish catch slid during the semester.

The gross value of agricultural output amounted to 706.4 billion pesos (PHP) at current prices, about 16 per cent higher than last year's level.

Among major crops, sugarcane made a full recovery from the effects of a dry spell last year, and grew by 75.6 per cent.

The crops sub-sector grossed PHP411.8 billion at current prices, 31.1 per cent more than last year.

Livestock, which accounted for 15.3 per cent of total agricultural production, registered a 0.85 per cent rise in output this year. Hog output went up by one per cent. Gross value was placed at PHP103.1 billion at current prices, 1.6 per cent lower than last year.

The poultry sub-sector grew by 3.6 per cent, grossing PHP77.8 billion. Production of chicken grew by 3.8 per cent, while chicken eggs increased by 3.5 per cent. The sub-sector contributed 13.4 per cent to total agricultural production.

Manila Bulletin reports that the fisheries sub-sector – which had a share of 19.6 per cent to total agricultural production – dipped by 2.9 per cent during the first semester, as commercial and municipal fish catch decreased by 15.6 per cent and 2.7 per cent, respectively.

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« Reply #242 on: September 04, 2011, 10:30:19 AM »
Friday, September 02, 2011
500 Kilos of Tainted Pork Seized in Manila
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Authorities acting on a tip seized some 500 kilos of tainted pork ("botcha") in Manila yesterday at midnight.

Inspection teams from the Manila veterinary office found the meat inside a cart near the railroad along Claro M. Recto Avenue, radio dzBB reported early Friday.

The pork was hidden under a layer of vegetables in what the inspection team suspected was an attempt to fool them, the report said.

According to GMA News, initial investigation showed the tainted meat was to be brought to markets in the Divisoria area, where it was to be sold at a lower price.

The report said the meat was brought to the Vitas Slaughterhouse.

A separate report on dwIZ said vendors at the Divisoria market were mum on the source of the tainted meat, which authorities said would be fed to crocodiles at the Manila Zoo.

Authorities have started stepping up their watch against tainted meat, since demand for the product is expected to rise as the Christmas season approaches.

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« Reply #243 on: September 06, 2011, 10:35:39 AM »
Monday, September 05, 2011
Authorities Seize More Tainted Pork in Manila
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Some 400 kilos of "botcha" or "double-dead" (tainted) pork aboard a pedicab were seized in Manila's Divisoria district before dawn today.

City veterinary office operatives acting on a tip intercepted the pedicab at the corner of Dagupan and C.M. Recto Streets, radio dzBB's Paulo Santos reported.

According to GMA News, the report said some of the meat already smelled bad, while some of the meat was cut into portions to be mixed with fresh meat and sold in the market.

It quoted pedicab driver Danilo Nuque as saying he was told by a man riding in a taxi to deliver the meat to a certain "Michael" at the Divisoria Market.

Mr Nuque claimed he did not know the man aboard the taxi but he knew "Michael", the report added.

Dr Hector Dimaculangan of the city veterinary office said the "menudo-cut" was a ploy by those selling the tainted meat to slip past authorities and mix the tainted meat with fresh meat.
He said they expect more attempts by unscrupulous parties to sell such tainted meat since demand is likely to rise as the Christmas season approaches.


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« Reply #244 on: September 07, 2011, 09:44:24 AM »
That's one factor why consumers opt to buy chicken rather than pork meat because of this botcha "double dead meat" issue.  Then prices will go down... :-[
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« Reply #245 on: September 08, 2011, 10:46:22 AM »
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
More Tainted Pork Seized in Manila; One Arrested
PHILIPPINES - Authorities seized 250 kilos of tainted pork loaded aboard a semi-stainless pickup in Manila’s Paco district before dawn yesterday.

City veterinary inspection teams arrested the helper of the pickup even as the driver managed to elude arrest, radio dzBB’s Manny Vargas reported.

It was the third seizure of tainted meat in one week, and the second in the last two days, GMA News reports. On Monday, 400 kilos of tainted meat aboard a pedicab were seized in Divisoria.

The pickup (CRD-791), allegedly from Pulilan town in Bulacan province, was spotted at about 1 a.m. along Paz Street in Paco, Manila.

An initial investigation showed the meat was to be taken to Paco Market.

While the driver of the pickup managed to escape, the team arrested one Richard Cruz, 18, the driver’s helper.

Authorities said they expect to make more seizures as the Christmas season draws closer, due to the expected rise in demand for meat during the season.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources intercepted two tons of illegally caught fish in Manila, according to a separate report on dzBB.

The report said the fish was aboard a boat that docked at Del Pan in Manila. The fish supposedly came from Palawan province but there were signs they were caught via dynamite fishing.

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« Reply #246 on: October 20, 2011, 07:59:36 AM »
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Pork Producers Urge Special Corn Importation Permit
PHILIPPINES - A group of local pork producers has asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) to issue a special import permit for corn to drive down domestic prices, which soared following a string of typhoons.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc. requested a special import permit at zero tariff for six months.

"If the 35 per cent tariff on imported corn is lifted for six months, our organization can purchase cheaper produce and distribute this to our members," said Edwin Chen, president of Pro-pork.

According to The Manila, Mr Chen said lower corn prices would help stabilize livestock feed prices, as well as maintain current pricing of pork and meat products.

He said the group is looking to import at least 50,000 metric tons of corn to drive down prices in the domestic market, which remain artificially high because of reported "damages" brought by typhoons Pedring and Quiel.

Corn is the main staple for hog feeds, and an increase in prices would also drive higher the prices of meat products.

It makes up 50 per cent to 60 per cent of animal feed formulation while soybean, which provides protein, makes up 20 per cent to 25 per cent. Fishmeal, another source of protein, vitamins and minerals, accounts for the balance.

To date, the average price of corn reached P15 per kilo, higher than the P12 per kilo that hog raisers used to pay.

"The high corn price is already taking a toll on the swine industry because of its domino effect on production cost," Mr Chen said.

The executive also said that if the prices of corn will not stabilize soon, this would result in losses for hog farmers who are still reeling form the devastating effects of natural disasters and disease.

"This may even force the closure of several hog farms, especially those among the backyard producers who do not have the capital to shoulder the additional cost," Mr Chen said.

He asked Mr Alcala to reassure hog raisers that the country has enough corn stocks to meet the requirement, and file charges against traders manipulating prices.

"According to reports, 90 per cent of corn crops have already been harvested before the typhoon. So why is it that prices are still going up? What we want is to at least drive down prices with the special importation," Mr Chen said. He said Pro-pork is already in talks with the Philippine Association of Feed Millers Inc. (PAFMI) for the said importation.

Earlier, PAFMI said they were "keeping their options open" for the possible importation of corn feeds early next year because of the reported damage to crops by two recent typhoons.

Norman Ramos, PAFMI president, said they are seeking an official report from the DA on the extent of the damage in the corn sector.

"Our concern will focus on the actual standing crop damaged by the typhoons and how much is submerged by the floods because over a period of time, this corn will deteriorate," Mr Ramos said.

"If the corn quality is questionable, then we will decide whether we will import," the executive said.

The DA earlier said that over 90 per cent of corn crops were harvested before typhoons Pedring and Quiel hit the country, while the remaining 10 per cent can still be recovered using dry facilities provided to those who were affected by floods.

But Mr Ramos, who is also the vice president and general manager of the feeds business of San Miguel Foods Inc., said there was no assurance from the DA that the harvested corn crops were properly dried, which may potentially compromise its quality.

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« Reply #247 on: November 24, 2011, 11:56:32 AM »
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Pork and Poultry Meat Supplies Likely to be Tight
PHILIPPINES - Meat processors are warning of a shortage of pork and poultry meat for Christmas and high prices in the New Year, blaming the agriculture department for not issuing sufficient import permits.

Meat processors have warned of pork and chicken supply shortage in the coming holiday season due to the government's non-issuance of permits to import pork parts and chicken leg quarters, according to ABS-CBN News.

Francisco Buencamino, executive director of Philippine Association of Meat Processors, and Jesus Cham, president of the Meat Importers and Traders Association, complained that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has not released all import clearances for pork and chicken since 3 November.

The two said the department's action has compromised the supply of meat products for the Christmas season.

While the two admitted that the DA's move will help local farmers increase the price of local produce, they said it will have an impact on processors who make ham, chicharon, canned meat like meat loaf and luncheon meat, and hot dogs that are usually given out and served during holiday celebrations.

They said the non-issuance of permits will also affect the supply of chicken leg quarters, laman loob, liempo and other choice parts.

Mr Cham said supply will tighten if manufacturers compete with ordinary consumers in getting the produce of local pig farmers, eventually leading to a spike in pork and chicken prices.

With the delay in the issuance of import permits, Mr Cham said a meat shortage as well as a five to 10 per cent increase in prices of products with imported meat components will be experienced by January next year.

According to ABS-CBN News, Mr Buencamino called on Agriculture Secretary, Proceso Alcala, to reconsider its decision and realise that the government also needs to protect consumers, not just farmers.

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« Reply #248 on: January 28, 2012, 11:32:42 AM »
Friday, January 27, 2012
Philippine's Agriculture Sector Grew by 2.34% in 2011
PHILIPPINES - The Philippine agriculture industry grew by 2.34 per cent in 2011, bannered by the crops, livestock and poultry subsectors, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday.

The DA said the combined positive performance of the three subsectors served as a cushion, as the fishery subsector registered negative growth due to dwindling fish population caused by overfishing, illegal fishing practices, and successive typhoons during the second semester of 2011.

Total farm production was valued at P1.4 trillion at current prices, 11.5 per cent more than in 2010, it said.

The crops subsector — which contributed one-half or 49.6 per cent to total agricultural output — registered a 4.82 per cent increase, led by palay (paddy rice) and corn.

Likewise, palay harvest totaled 16.68 million metric tons (MMT), 5.8 per cent more than in 2010 (15.77 MMT), while corn production amounted to 6.97 MMT, 9.3 per cent more than in 2010 (6.38 MMT).

Sugarcane production also grew significantly to 28.38 MMT, 58.3 per cent more than in 2010 (17.93 MMT). Tobacco, pineapple and rubber also posted positive gains last year.

Total gross value of production of the crops subsector reached P804 billion at current prices, 19.4 per cent more than in 2010.

The livestock subsector, which contributed 16 per cent to the total agricultural output, registered a 1.99 per cent growth. It was led by the hog industry which produced 1.94 MMT, 2.2 per cent more than in 2010 (1.89 MMT). Cattle and dairy production also increased by 1.8 per cent and 3.7 per cent, respectively.

The livestock subsector grossed P212.9 billion at current prices, one percent higher than in 2010.

Chicken production increased by 4.5 per cent, while chicken egg production moved up by 4.2 per cent. Total value of poultry products amounted to P158.8 billion at current prices.

The fisheries subsector, which accounted for one-fifth or 20.7 per cent to total agriculture output, decreased by 4.1 per cent, as commercial and municipal fish production dipped by 16.3 per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively. Aquaculture production, however, grew by 2.4 per cent.

The fishery subsector grossed P225.1 billion at current prices, 1.85 per cent more than in 2010.

Commercial and municipal fish catch declined due to overfishing, illegal fishing activities, and rough seas and strong winds during the second semester caused by several typhoons. Meanwhile, the DA, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, will implement conservation policies and measures, like imposing no fishing during breeding season at selected seas to allow fish stocks to regenerate.

Earlier, the DA-BFAR implemented a three-month no fishing season for sardines at Sulu and Visayan Seas, starting 1 December, 2011. The policy is implemented in consultation and coordination with commercial and municipal fishermen and industry stakeholders.

Overall, farmers, fishers and ruralfolk were better off in 2011, as farmgate prices of various farm and fishery products increased by about nine per cent. Farmers of major crops enjoyed higher average prices, at 14 per cent more than in 2010.

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« Reply #249 on: February 04, 2012, 01:15:24 PM »
Friday, February 03, 2012
TOPIGS Philippines Imports Top Genetics
PHILIPPINES - TOPIGS Philippines recently imported 1111 top SPF genetics from Canada to set up a new nucleus farm for San Miguel Foods, Inc. (SMFI) in the Isabela province of the country. Thanks to this import, San Miguel can produce their own grandparent and parent breeding pigs for the realisation of their expansion plans through to 2020.

The imported nucleus herd will be linked to TOPIGS’ Pigbase, the world’s largest database for pig breeding with data from over 23 million pigs.

 Combined with the expertise and knowledge of TOPIGS, this will enable San Miguel to achieve the highest possible genetic progress in their population.

For the past two years, TOPIGS has been delivering gilts and boars for the replacement requirements of San Miguel. The initial results of the performance of these animals were reflected in substantial improvements in the operation of the nucleus farm as well as further opportunities to achieve higher results.

"We are happy to have TOPIGS as a partner now the company is continuing its expansion programme through to 2020," says Dr Leo A. Obviar, VP and GM of SMFI Poultry and Meat Business.

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« Reply #250 on: March 23, 2012, 08:28:56 AM »
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
PIC Continues to Grow Production of Camborough Breeders
PHILIPPINES - Uni-rich Agro Industrial Corp., a customer-turned-multiplier in Tarlac, will be all set to supply its homegrown PIC stocks by June.

After having been a satisfied customer of PIC for many years, the management entered into a supply agreement with PIC in May 2011 to allocate a 500-sow module for GPs to produce Camborough 24 parent gilts. This will make more parent gilts available to PIC customers and support conversion of the 1,000-sow Uni-rich commercial herd to 100 per cent PIC genetics.

“We are delighted about this development with Uni-rich, and we’re honored for the trust that has been given to PIC through the years. Having high standards not only in genetics, but also in health and technical services, they have seen a competent partner in PIC that has and will continue to deliver their requirements,” said Emmanuel Go, PIC Sales and Marketing Manager.

Uni-rich Performance. First gilts farrowed in January 2012
Litter Size Pre-wean Mortality Nursery Mortality Weaning Weight @ 24 days
Total Born Born Alive       
15 12 5% 0% 6.8 kg

Seated from left: Edmund Tan, Nicholas Uy, Andrew Bateson, Vino Borromeo
Standing: Erwin Fajardo, Patrick Ty, Gerry Lim, Emmanuel Go

Truck disinfection facility
As part of their commitment to PIC’s strict health assurance program, Uni-rich has invested in an automated truck disinfection facility, shower-in shower-out facility, reconstruction of employees’ quarters, and subdivision of the farm into 2 modules.

Uni-rich adds to the existing supply network of PIC that consists of 4 nucleus farms, 13 multiplication units and 5 distribution centers spread across the country. This development reinforces PIC’s position as the leading supplier of healthy genetics to the nation’s 1.6m sow herd.

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« Reply #251 on: April 24, 2012, 06:51:42 AM »
Monday, April 23, 2012
PIC Sets New Record with San Miguel Foods, Inc.
PHILIPPINES - PIC Philippines has flown in 1,317 GGP and GP breeders from Canada to stock the first phase of the newly constructed 5,000-sow unit of San Miguel Foods, Inc. (SMFI) in Quezon province.

Chartered B747 with PIC GGP and GP breeders onboard enroute from Chicago to Manila.

Unloading of 27 crates at the Manila airport cargo terminal.

PIC GGP breeder happy to arrive in the Philippines.

Refilling of drinkers and preparation of animals for land trip upon arrival.

Stopover for checking of animals and refilling of drinkers halfway to Tagkawayan, QuezonSetting a new record for the largest single airlift of breeding stock into the country, the Boeing 747 charter landed in Manila on 22 February. This is the first of two full plane loads of the latest high health PIC genetics scheduled for delivery to SMFI this year.

Sourced from PIC’s genetic nucleus in Saskatchewan, Canada, the animals went through rigid quarantine and health control procedures that prepared them for the 7,000-mile journey. Upon arrival at Manila, 14 trucks queued up to receive the crates by forklift, with the PIC and SMFI teams refilling the drinkers and feeding ice cubes into the crates. 13 of the trucks then headed off to SMFI’s farm in Tagkawayan, Quezon, while one truck took 50 breeders destined for Cecilia Stock Farms, a PIC nucleus unit, to an air cargo charter for a flight to Davao in the southern island of Minadanao.

Dr Gizelle Guzman, PIC Quality Assurance and Genetic Dissemination Manager, explains, “Permits have been secured months before, and strict bio-security measures were taken to ensure that the planes, the trucks, the people involved, and the receiving farms will not pose any risk to the health of the animals. We had to make sure that the PIC genetics were in optimum condition for them to achieve their maximum potential.”

The newly imported stocks have undergone one month of acclimatization, and blood collections have been processed for serological testing. The prescribed one-month quarantine was also recently lifted by the Bureau of Animal Industry’s provincial vets. Further, these animals will be part of the global network of millions of PIC genetics recorded on PICtraq™, the industry’s largest genetic database where PIC stores performance information 24 hours a day from nucleus and multiplier farms on every continent. PICtraq™ links the genomic, performance and pedigree information of all ancestors and relatives, including the global movement of genetics.

The second Boeing 747 of PIC genetics will complete the stocking of the first phase of the new SMFI unit and play a major role in driving SMFI’s long term expansion plans. These importations strengthen both companies’ partnership and commitment to total farm-to-fork quality, and highlight their leadership positions in the pork industry since the first importation in 1994. SMFI, a subsidiary of San Miguel Purefoods, Co. is the largest pork producer and quality meat retailer in the Philippines with its renowned Monterey Meatshop brand while PIC, a subsidiary of UK-listed Genus PLC, is the world’s leading swine genetics supplier serving producers in 30 countries for 50 years.

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« Reply #252 on: April 29, 2012, 08:47:27 AM »
Friday, April 27, 2012
Hog Raisers Decry Being Used as ‘Bargaining Chips’
PHILIPPINES - Hog raisers are objecting to the government’s move to use pork import tariffs as a “bargaining chip” in international negotiations to extend the Philippines’ quantitative restrictions on rice imports.

GMA News reports that the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) made the stance as Representative Teddy Casiño–chairman of the House committee on small business and enterprise development–warned of the adverse impact of rising pork imports on the local livestock industry.

"We appeal to (Agriculture) Secretary (Proceso) Alcala not to sacrifice our livelihood in favor of extending the protection on rice," said NFHFI spokesperson and Abono party-list chairman Rosendo So.

The swine raisers’ group and the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines want the Department of Agriculture to restore the tariff on pork offal to 40 per cent, but the NFHFI claims the DA had offered to cut the tariff to 5 per cent.

Mr So said the DA offered the 5-per cent pork tariff during international trade talks to extend the QR on rice until 2017.

Hog farms said a 40-per cent rate would discourage pork smuggling.

National Food Authority administrator Angelito Banayo said China, Viet Nam, Pakistan and India are “most keen” on negotiating with the Philippines on rice QRs.

Mr Banayo added that the United States, Canada, Australia, Thailand and El Salvador also intend to meet with Filipino negotiators on the rice QRs.

Seventy per cent of the country’s pork imports come from the US and Canada, Mr So noted.

The US has deplored the differing food safety and handling standards the DA has for freshly slaughtered meats.

The DA standards for fresh meat are contained in Administrative Order No. 5, while frozen meats–usually and including imported pork–are covered by AO No. 6.

"This system imposes very high standards on the handling of frozen meat, which is primarily imported, that do not apply to the handling of freshly slaughtered meat, which is exclusively domestic," the US Trade Representative said in its third annual Report on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

Agriculture Assistant Secretary Davinio Catbagan said in a phone interview with GMA News Online that freshly slaughtered meat and frozen meats are “different products” requiring different food safety and handling standards.

Mr Catbagan also said the DA remains open to consultations with hog raisers even though AO 5 and AO 6 have been in effect since early April.

Rep. Casiño claimed in a statement emailed to GMA News Online that “AO 5 and AO 6 did not go through a public consultation.”

Mr Casiño also alleged that the Aquino administration is favoring imported meats over local output.

He said imported pork in 2008 was 109.36 million kgs, which increased by 48.32 percent in 2011 to 162.21 million kgs.

“Based on our consultation with local hog and poultry raisers, farm gate prices from July 2011 to February 2012 averaged P86 per kilo against production cost of P92 per kilo,” the Bayan Muna party-list solon said.

“An estimated P8.5 billion was lost in the eight month-period, with 2.2 million hogs sold each month. With this they are operating at a loss due to the unfair advantage of imported meat,” he added.

Mr Casiño said the DA “should at least hold a dialogue with local hog and poultry raisers to address their concerns affecting the local industry and the consuming public.”

However, Mr Catbagan said there were in fact five consultations held in Davao, Cebu and Metro Manila in 2011 and that the draft orders were published before they took effect.

“We’re not closing our doors,” Mr Catbagan said even as he revealed that efforts are underway to schedule new meetings with stakeholders so their views may be heard.

The DA had earlier revealed that its National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) will put up a two triple-A service abattoir or slaughterhouse in Luzon this year.

Next year, NMIS will have a triple-A service slaughterhouse in Mindanao and a triple-A service poultry dressing plant in Luzon, to be followed in 2014 by a triple-A service slaughterhouse will be funded in Visayas.

The DA said these new slaughterhouses pave the way to replacing 20 per cent of annual meat imports with locally produced meat and meat products.

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« Reply #253 on: May 01, 2012, 09:36:23 AM »
Monday, April 30, 2012
Public Warned Against Imported Chicken, Pork
PHILIPPINES - The National Meat Inspection Service has warned the public against possible spoilage in some chicken meat and pork brought in from abroad.

NMIS head Jane Bacayo cited reports that some of the meat may not have been handled properly while being brought to the Philippines, radio dzBB's Allan Gatus reported.

Ms Bacayo was also quoted as saying in the report the meat may be vulnerable to spoilage if it is not properly stored, especially under the summer heat, according to GMANews.

He also said they are verifying reports of contamination in meat brought in from countries like France, the United States, Canada, and European Union.

Ms Bacayo said the NMIS will continue monitoring reports of contamination of imported meat.

The NMIS' warning came amid hog and poultry raisers' complaint that the government is not acting on meat smuggling.

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« Reply #254 on: May 08, 2012, 09:11:22 AM »
Friday, May 04, 2012
Hog, Poultry Raisers Mull Holiday over Smuggling
PHILIPPINES - Leaders of various organisations of hog and poultry raisers nationwide threatened to impose a five-day pork and chicken holiday anew if technical smuggling is not stopped.

The leaders are AGAP party-list Rep. Nicanor Briones; ABONO party-list chairman Rosendo So; Edwin G. Chen, president, Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc.; Daniel Javellana Jr., chairman, National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc.; Gregorio San Diego Jr., president, United Broilers Raisers Association; and Ernesto Ordonez, chairman, Alyansa Agrikultura.

All of them concurred on stating that the biggest problem they encounter is smuggling, if not solved, would worsen poverty situation in the country, reports DailyStar.

Mr Briones said Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has ordered for a review of the DA's Administrative Order no. 5, which hog raisers have criticized as favoring meat importers.

Mr Alcala also ordered a stop to accrediting new importers and a review of the existing list for purging.

An estimated P8.5 billion was lost from July 2011 to February 2012, with 2.2 million hogs sold each month.

Technical smuggling also caused the government to lose some P3.7 billion in revenues annually.

Mr Briones said the Bureau of Customs also assured the industry that it will implement a 100 per cent inspection of imported meat.

He also lauded the government for allotting one representative from the industry to participate in the inspection.

So, meanwhile, said although they welcomed this development the industry had not dropped its threat to go on a five-day pork and chicken holiday again until the government had totally stopped the unhampered technical smuggling.

“It this actually a sacrifice for the backyard hog raisers not to sell their products and lose income for five days, but the effect of this is significant, something that we are hoping for to achieve – that they (government) would look into our plight,” he said.

On the other hand, Mr Chen said the list of meat importers must be purged because there are more illegal importers that the legitimate ones.

The stakeholders, showing a basis for their claim of increasing illegal pork importation, cited a report which shows that it has steadily increased from 109,366,006 kilos in 2011; the highest was registered in 2010 at 178,905,096 kilos.

"Until we see the government level playing field, we cannot be complacent. We want smuggling completely eradicated," Ms So said.


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