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« Reply #270 on: March 11, 2013, 10:58:20 AM »

Hog Raisers Attend Marketing Lectures
08 March 2013

PHILIPPINES - Two hundred-twenty members of the Association of Hog Raisers of Negros Occidental attended the First District Hog Raisers Assembly held at Balay Kauswagan in Sagay City recently.

The participants came from the cities of Escalante and San Carlos and the municipalities of Toboso, Don Salvador Benedicto and Calatrava. They listened to lectures on swine marketing and went on an exposure trip to Triple A Slaughterhouse in Sagay City.
In a press statement, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. lauded the organizers of the assembly for their efforts in diversification. He also assured the organizers of more support from the provincial government to further improve the swine industry in the province.
Negros Occidental contributes almost 50 per cent to the country’s total sugar production and is 95 per cent rice sufficient. Hog raising is a vital part in the provincial government’s thrusts for food security and agricultural productivity program because it provides employment opportunities and sustainable livelihood to residents.
Meanwhile, project beneficiaries under the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Provincial Animal Genetic Improvement Program on Swine were also given certificates of ownership.

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #271 on: April 27, 2013, 07:55:19 AM »

Philippines Government to Improve Hog Sector Competitiveness
25 April 2013

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines government aims to makes it country's hog sector more competitive globally.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala joined with swine industry leaders during the 22nd Hog Convention and Trade Exhibits, at Manila Jockey Club, in Carmona, Cavite.
Mr Alcala said the Department of Agriculture will continuously provide needed interventions and implement policies that will make the country’s hog industry globally competitive, thus ensuring its continued growth.
Last year, the hog industry grew by 1.7 per cent, valued at P174.5 billion at current prices.
It is the country’s second leading sub-sector behind palay (paddy rice).

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« Reply #272 on: January 29, 2014, 08:35:54 AM »

Filipino Agriculture Sector up in 2013 Despite Typhoons
28 January 2014

PHILIPPINES - With poultry, palay, and a host of other key subsectors posting healthy growth rates, agriculture in the Philippines managed to expand by a respectable 1.15 per cent from January to December last year, notwithstanding the series of natural catastrophes that hit the country during the period.

The Bureau of the Agricultural Statistics also reported that the industry grew by 3.5 per cent, to P1.5 trillion at current prices, in terms of value.

“Considering a very challenging year, this growth is significant,” Secretary of Agriculture Proceso J. Alcala said. “It also reminds us how weather-dependent agriculture is, and therefore the need to promote and support diversification and value-adding in food processing is stronger than ever before.”

Poultry growers produced 4.2 per cent more in 2013 than the previous year, largely due to the uptick in the production of chicken buoyed by the increased demand for roasted chicken in key urban centers nationwide. Chicken output expanded by 5.01 per cent, from 1.47 million tons, to 1.55 million tons.

Livestock raisers likewise improved their output last year, as production increased by 1.75 per cent led by dairy (5.47 per cent), followed by hog (1.95 per cent) and cattle (1.76 per cent). Collectively, livestock and poultry subsectors accounted for 31 per cent of the total agricultural production, with a combined gross value of P407.4 billion at current prices.

Palay farmers also came up with another record-breaking harvest, at 18.44 million tons, which is 2.26 per cent higher than last year’s output of 18.03 million tons. The report mainly attributed the growth to the expansion in area harvested and improvement in yield through the use of quality seeds in Central Luzon, Caraga, SOCCSKSARGEN, Bicol Region and ARMM. Lower incidence of pests and diseases also contributed to the increase in gross output, the BAS report said. Last year’s palay production was 8.08 per cent bigger than in 2011, at 16.68 million tons.

Overall, the crops subsector to which palay belongs expanded by a modest 0.09 per cent and accounted for more than half (51.04 per cent) of the total agricultural output.

Fish capture and aquaculture farmers also had bigger output in 2013, allowing the fisheries industry to negate its weak output in the previous year.

The combined harvests of commercial, municipal and aquaculture farmers increased by 1.23 per cent, from P138.0 billion to P139.7 billion constant prices, boosted by roundscad production which grew by 17.03 per cent, followed by milkfish (3.7 per cent), tilapia (3.18 per cent) and tiger prawn (2.59 per cent).

In terms of value at current prices, fisheries expanded by 2.78 per cent, from P232.6 to P239.08 billion. Fisheries, with a gross value of P239.1 billion at current prices, shared nearly one-fifth (17.96 per cent), to the total output.

In all, these expansions effectively cushioned the impact of the reduced harvests of other commodities as a result of typhoons that hit the country, among other factors.

Corn farmers saw their output slightly decline by 0.40 per cent, to 7.37 million tons, from 7.4 million tons in 2012, due to damages inflicted by typhoon Gorio on corn farms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in the second quarter, and typhoon Yolanda that hit Visayas before the year-end.

Lower output was noted among growers of coconut, sugarcane, banana, coffee, abaca, peanut and calamansi.

Harvest of seaweed farmers also contracted as Typhoons “Wilma”, “Yolanda” and “Zorayda” destroyed several farms in Palawan, while incidence of ice-ice” disease persisted in Palawan, Bohol, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Tawi-tawi.

BAS said seaweed production in 2013 only reached 1.55 million tons, representing an 11-per cent decrease from 2012 output of 1.75 million tons.

On the average, farmers earned higher from their hardwork last year as farmgate prices went up by 2.3 per cent during the period, bolstered by higher demand for certain farm and fishery products.

Livestock recorded the highest farmgate price gain (at 6.94 per cent), followed by crops (2.04 per cent), fisheries (1.53 per cent) and poultry (0.10 per cent).

The year 2013 has been marked by destructive typhoons that affected key food production areas around the country, the strongest being Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) that slammed Eastern and Western Visayas. These areas are major producers of high value crops such as coconut, rice and abaca. In October, Typhoon Santi (Nari) slammed Northern and Central Luzon in October, destroying tons of palay and other crops in its path.

Other devastating storms that hit the country last year were Labuyo, Odette and Vinta.

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #273 on: April 12, 2014, 01:19:30 PM »

Ramon Jimenez Appointed New Manager of TOPIGS Philippines
07 April 2014

PHILIPPINES - TOPIGS is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramon Jimenez as General Manager of TOPIGS Philippines with effect from 12 February 2014.

Mr Jimenez (44) has broad experience in the pig industry in Philippines. Over the past 21 years he has held various positions working for an international company in sales, business development and management.

Ramon is enthusiastic about his new position: "TOPIGS is a world leading innovating genetic company that has a keen eye for their customers needs and builds business partnerships. A perfect combination. I am proud to become part of this and hope that I can bring substantial value creation for our customers.’’

TOPIGS Philippines is the leading supplier of swine genetics in the Philippines and operates from the head office in Manila.

TOPIGS is one of the biggest genetics suppliers in the world. In several countries, TOPIGS is either the market leader or one of the major suppliers.

TOPIGS stands for progress in pigs. This means research, innovation and genetic improvement are the cornerstones of our company. By continuously improving our products, we enable our clients to achieve maximum results.

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #274 on: May 17, 2014, 09:53:02 AM »

Philippine Agri-fishery Performance up in Terms of Value
16 May 2014

PHILIPPINES - Philippine agriculture grossed P386.6 billion at current prices in the first quarter of the year- or up by 10.75 per cent -- from the same period last year, disproving forecast that last year’s typhoons would drag down farm sector performance, the Department of Agriculture said in a statement.

While the growth translated to a 0.67 per cent expansion in output, farmers and fishers, however, reaped higher profits for their work as farm gate prices increased by an average of 10.01 per cent during the period.

A Philippine Statistical Authority report said that almost all crops have registered an increase in production, with rice increasing by a respectable 3.28per cent, or 4.3 million MT from the 4.17 million MT during the same period last year.

Paddy output would have been bigger if not for the three typhoons – Santi, Vinta and Yolanda – which barrelled through rice producing areas near the end of last year.

Despite these calamities, rice production surged as a result of planting area expansion, improved irrigation services, and the provision of certified and hybrid seeds.

A replanting scheme in typhoon-hit areas, which saw government rushing production inputs, resulted in the quick turnaround of ruined farmlands.

Corn farmers likewise produced more during the period, turning out 2.3 million MT which is 1.33 per cent bigger than a year ago. This was mainly due to the expansion of planting areas in the ARMM, Northern Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN and Davao regions.

However, the report cited that it was vegetable growers that generated the highest growth, a staggering 91.8per cent with production support from government like quality seeds and a financial assistance like the novel Plant Now, Pay Later scheme in Nueva Vizcaya nearly doubled yields.

Other gainers in the crops subsector include: sugarcane (5.54 per cent); banana (1.86 per cent); pineapple (5.75 per cent); tobacco (4.46 per cent); monggo (2.61 per cent); cassava (11.29 per cent); and tomato (3.51 per cent).

As predicted, coconut output dipped by 6.1 per cent, but still below that what was projected, due to typhoon Yolanda’s mowing down of vast swaths of plantations in Eastern and Western Visayas, Quezon, Masbate, Romblon and Surigao del Norte.

Lower harvests were also noted in Zamboanga del Norte due to the extreme heat during fruit development, and in Batangas, Laguna and Cavite from scale insect infestation.

The coconut sector’s rebound, however, is expected to accelerate on account of a massive salt fertilization project , which has covered 640,000 hectares as of December 2013 , and the promotion of intercropping.

To replace senile trees, Philippine Coconut Authority has also planted 26.67 million new trees from 2010 to 2013.

Coffee farmers likewise harvested less in the period due to decreased yield from aging trees and shift of farmers in Cavite to pineapple, among other factors.

Livestock subsector grew by 1.2 per cent during the quarter in review, powered by the hog producers whose output expanded by 1.25per centon the back of higher demand for pork in industrial areas of Bataan and Metro Manila.

Cattle output also inched up by 0.82, and carabao by 0.10 per cent.

Similarly, poultry was on the uptrend, growing by 1.33 per cent during the period. Growth was buoyed by higher output of chicken (2.5 per cent) and duck meat (0.10 per cent).

Collectively, municipal and commercial fishers and aquaculture farmers produced 3.25 per cent less in the first three months of the year as compared to the same period in 2013.

Milkfish harvest fell by 2.11 per cent, mainly attributed to the stoppage of several marine pen operators in Davao del Sur due to heavy siltation.

Also, several fishpond and aquaculture farm operators in Iloilo and Samar were still reeling from the damage they incurred from typhoon Yolanda.

Tilapia production also suffered a slight drop of 0.14 per cent attributed to a host of reasons, including inadequate supply of fingerlings in Pangasinan and Zamboanga Peninsula, and fish kill incidence in Taal Lake.

Tiger prawn producers also suffered reduced output, by 0.43 per cent, as high water temperature, low stocking rate and bigger operating expenses caused fewer harvests in areas such as MIMAROPA.

Roundscad harvests also shrank by almost 7 percent (6.9 per cent) as a result of fewer fishing trips due to bad weather conditions in areas such as Zamboanga Peninsula, and huge number of lost or damaged boats in Yolanda-hit areas.

The Department of Agriculture, however, expects an uptick in the catch as privately- donated and government-purchased bancas are delivered by the hundreds to fishing communities.

Other losers were yellowfin tuna (2.7 per cent); seaweed (3.86 per cent) and other species, including sardines (5.7 per cent).

Only the harvest of skipjack went up by nearly 5 percent (4.62 per cent) following more sightings of skipjack in waters off SOCCSKSARGEN where the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources carried out a ban on the use of fish aggregating device.

Income of farmers and fishers were towed up by the rise in the prices of crops like palay (21.91 per cent); pineapple (21.69 per cent); abaca (14.65 per cent); garlic (213.18 per cent); coffee (4.04 per cent); and livestock and poultry (around 4 per cent).

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #275 on: August 10, 2014, 11:25:39 PM »
Agri-chief urges local hog producers to prep for the ASEAN free trade

 Created on Thursday, 31 July 2014 
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala urged local hog producers to prepare for the upcoming ASEAN free trade in 2015, stressing that an open market would offer advantageous opportunities for the Philippine local hog industry.

“Remember, ours is the only foot-and-mouth disease free country without vaccination in the Southeast Asia, and we must take advantage of that,” Alcala said during the opening program of the Philippine Swine Forum 2014, July 24 in Quezon City.

The economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations aims to create a single market economy with free movement of goods, services and investments throughout the 10-member nations of ASEAN, including the Philippines.

Aside from providing infrastructure and facilities, DA’s main concern pre-ASEAN free trade is modifying the country’s agricultural practices to match with international standards.

“Dito po nakasalalay ang ating mga gawain para sa darating na pagkakataon. Gumawa po tayo ng paraan para tayo’y makapagluwas ng ating produkto,” he said.

The country’s swine industry showed good performance in previous years because of the effective collaboration of the Department of Agriculture with the swine industry players, effecting benefits both to the hog producers and consumers.

Data from the Philippine Statistical Authority reveal that for the first quarter of 2014, livestock production went up by 1.20% accounting for 15.44% of the country’s total agricultural output for the said period. The major source of growth came from the hog industry, which expanded by 1.25%.

DA’s Livestock Development Council (DA-LDC) Executive Director Manuel Jarmin said that the swine industry has consistently dominated other livestock industries in terms of volume and value of production.

“In fact for the last three years, the swine industry contributed the most to the growth of the livestock subsector,” he added.

Dir. Jarmin said that in 2013, 2.01 million tons (liveweight) of hog valued at P 191.92 B was produced making hog commodity the 2nd (or next to palay – 19.82%) highest contributor, 13.48% of overall contribution to agriculture based on percentage distribution of value of production at constant price.

Hog inventory as of 2014 is at 11.8 million heads, 65% from backyard farms and 35% commercial, while in 2010 majority of the supply comes from backyard (77%).

“The government, thru the DA’s National Livestock Program (NLP) aims to maintain the country’s disease free status for FMD, reduce production cost and achieve cost-efficiency, self-sufficiency in pork, develop value added products for domestic and export markets, and export ventures to Asia and Middle East,” added Jarmin.

DA has allocated P1.021 B from its total budget in 2014 for major strategies under the NLP including genetic improvement (PhP 288.49 M); disease and control eradication (PhP 152.524); research, extension support and training (PhP 155.049 M); postharvest and infrastructure development (PhP 30.526 M); market development assistance and export initiatives (PhP 20.4 M); and meat safety and quality thru the National Meat Inspection Service (PhP 374.537 M). Marlo Asis, DA-AFID

Reference: Executive Director Manuel R. Jarmin

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Re: Philippine Hog News:
« Reply #276 on: October 27, 2014, 05:28:58 AM »
British Pig Executive
UK - Business could be booming between Britain and the Philippines following a mission organised by BPEX and UK Trade and Industry.

Half a dozen people paid a visit to Manila and the party included traders and abattoir representatives.

Export Marketing Manager Jonathan Eckley said: “There is already some pig meat being exported but it is a growing economy and there is scope to expand that trade.

“We have been working with UKTI locally and the mission included a visit to a cold store, a cutting plant, a wet market and retailers.

“This was followed by a meet the buyer session, attended by 20 Filipino companies which included some the of the country’s leading meat importers. The business to business meetings were extremely successful.

“The aim of these meetings was to build relationships between traders and for those from the UK to meet significant players in the Philippines market.

“We had a great many inquiries so we are hopeful that will result in enhancing the trade between the UK and the Philippines. The Philippines has a population of 100 million and import about 100,000 tonnes of pig meat a year.”


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