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1  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Who's afraid of AFTA ( ASEAN FREE TRADE AREA ) ? on: September 03, 2009, 11:49:22 PM
Our local business leaders dread the coming of 2010, when our commitments to the AFTA will finally take effect. Come next year, many of our industries see an end to the good times, and see themselves struggling from all sides.

The 10 countries from the ASEAN region have agreed that by 2010, there will be zero tariff for all goods coming into these countries if exported by another member of the agreement. The Philippines is of course a signatory to this trade agreement and agreed with everybody else to scrap all importation tariffs among the member countries. Now, one after another, they are crying for a suspension of the imposition of the AFTA agreement.

One of the first to voice out their concerns was the sugar industry. Last week, I wrote about this and a reader gave me some feedback on this piece.

Mr. Philip Ortiz of Bacolod City says that Thailand is our main competitor for sugar in the ASEAN region. He wrote: “It has been said that the typical Thai sugar planter is happy if he sells one LKG of sugar at the equivalent price of P400 while the Philippine cost of production alone per LKG bag of sugar is around P800. The price now of b sugar in the market is in the area of P1,000 per 1 k bag. So you can see how disadvantaged we are in terms of pricing.”

The Sugar Regulatory Board cites the government subsidies enjoyed by specific industries in other countries. In Thailand for example, aside from the subsidy enjoyed by the sugar planters, they have access to easy credit. In contrast, according to letter-writer Mr. Ortiz, crop loans extended to our sugar planters cover only “50 kphp/hectare where a planter would need at least 80 kphp/hectare”.

Thai sugar is far cheaper than Philippine sugar. Aside from the government support they enjoy, there is also the far superior infrastructure of the country. Their farm-to-market roads and their much-improved irrigation have contributed greatly to this. Woe to the Philippine sugar planter who can’t compete with his Thai counterpart in the world market and can only afford to sell at a profit to the local market. And woe to the Filipino consumer who has to pay more for a commodity that he can get cheaper from other countries.

Another reason for our exorbitant sugar prices is the high price of urea fertilizers. To illustrate this point, Mr. Ortiz wrote: “In 1999, when I first started planting sugarcane, the price of one LKG bag of sugar was P800, while urea was P300/one kilo bag. Now the price of urea is P950/k while sugar is only P1,000/one kilo bag.... organic fertilizers are not readily available and cannot be a complete substitute for chemical fertilizers. What is needed is nitrogen and they have not come up with an organic fertilizer with pure 46-0-0 (46- nitrogen, 0- phosphate, 0- potassium). That’s why we still need chemical fertilizers.”

Apparently, the only way for Philippine sugar to survive come 2010 is for the government to extend the same subsidies that the Thai planters enjoy. Mr. Ortiz continues: “A safety net we can use, however, is that if imported sugar is found during milling season (Sept.-April), SR can classify such sugar as “c” (reserved) and cannot be sold until they get clearance from the SRA. But let’s not get naive, I am sure that “reserved” sugar will eventually find its way to the open market”

“In conclusion, let me just say this: I have found a formula that will generally make sugar planters happy. This is the formula: price of a 50-kilo bag of sugar should be no less that P300 more than the urea. So, if presently urea is selling at P1000/bag, price of sugar should be no less than P1,300/bag. And this is not unrealistic because in 1999, as pointed out, sugar was P800/ one kilo bag while urea was P300/1 kilo bag, a difference of P500. With this formula, I think I speak for many sugar cane planters, they will be content.”

Thanks for sharing that Mr. Ortiz.

Another one crying out for the temporary suspension of the AFTA is the hog industry.

They recently held the 18th Hog Convention and Trade Exhibit at the World Trade Center and we had occasion to get some inputs from Mr. Albert R.T. Lim Jr., president of the National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc.

First off, the hog farmers are definitely not ready for the 2010 implementation of the AFTA. Interestingly, they also single out Thailand as a stiff competitor in the hog industry, and also point out the government subsidies enjoyed by the Thai hog producers as one of the main reasons for our uncompetitive prices in the world market.

There are other reasons that the federation raises to support their claim that they are not quite ready for 2010. One of these is the skyrocketing price of corn. From P12.50/kilo, the hog raisers found themselves faced with doubled prices — P24/k — until the Department of Agriculture’s Sec. Arthur Yap intervened. He allowed the hog producers and feed millers to import corn (which had a tariff of 35 percent!).

Everybody assumed that the country had an abundant supply of corn, so the price jump was unexpected. Apart from weather problems (too much rain, and the corn couldn’t be dried), there was also the problem of less farms planted to corn. More and more corn farmers are shifting to other crops like rice, and this has contributed to the shortage.

Fortunately for the hog farmers, there was ample supply of feed wheat, which they used in place of corn.

Then too, there was the Ebola scare which prompted the Chinese government to issue a ban against all pork products from the Philippines. It’s a good thing we do not export to China, nor are there any plans to do so in the near future. Our bulk export to Singapore, though, had to be shelved because of the Ebola scare.

So who’s scared of 2010? At least these two big industries.

Mabuhay!!! Be proud to be a Filipino.  

MANILA, Philippines - Backyard poultry growers are holding back on expansion plans, while big corporate growers such as San Miguel Corp. (SMC) are expanding in the face of the forthcoming implementation of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA).

This was revealed to The STAR by Gregorio San Diego, president of the United Broilers and Raisers Association (UBRA), the country’s major grouping of poultry growers.

According to San Diego, small backyard growers are holding back on expansion plans on fears that the forthcoming implementation of AFTA next year would flood the market with imported chicken.

Full implementation of AFTA next year mandates the ASEAN member countries to bring down to between zero and five percent their tariff rates on a whole range of agreed products.

But while small backyard growers are fearful of AFTA, big corporate farmers such as SMC are apparently seeing an opportunity to possibly increase their export of Avian Influenza-free poultry products.

Because small backyard farmers are holding off on expansion plans, San Diego said, local chicken prices have remained high due to the limited backyard production.

He said the farmgate price for chicken is currently at P88 per kilo which translates to a retail price of P130 per kilo.

Small poultry growers are urging the Department of Agriculture to help the industry become more competitive by helping reduce the production cost which includes electricity cost.

San Diego said the poultry and egg sector is asking President Arroyo to declare a “moratorium” on the implementation of the AFTA agreement.

According to San Diego, the Philippine poultry and egg sector cannot effectively compete against Thailand and Malaysia which are major exporters of poultry.

San Diego argued that while Malaysia and Thailand may still be affected by the Asian Avian flu virus, they would eventually  recover and the Philippines would be swamped with Thai and Malaysian poultry and egg exports.
2  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: August 25, 2009, 04:41:09 PM
welcome to Pinoyagribusiness  Smiley

i am a newbie here, and i appreciate very much your hog farm gate price update, i found it very useful reference. we are into meat wholesale/retail business for almost 30 years now. i just wonder why some of  hogfarm  here in laguna sell their prime hogs higher than your published value.

may i know what's your buying price for this week sir?  can i have your contact number ?  tia
3  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: August 20, 2009, 12:21:58 PM
helo!any body who could give me contacts or idea kung may bumibili ng fateners from mindanao to luzon,specificaly here in bukidnon....masyado po kasi mura ang buying price dito....salamat po!

more power po!

magkano pala dyan bro?
4  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: August 10, 2009, 11:10:00 PM
HOG PRICE for this week of Aug 3, 2009 to Aug 9 , 2009

Bulacan - 89 to 94 , PSPA - 89 to 91 , Tarlac - 90 to 93 ,

Rizal - 91 ,Laguna - 89 to 90 , Cavite - 82 to 88 ,

Batangas - 91, Pangasinan- 86 to 88 , Pampanga - 88 to 91

Nueva Ecija - 87 , Or Mindoro - 78 to 80 , Naga - 95

Ilocos - 88

Cebu- 86 , Bacolod- 80 to 87 , Leyte - 80 , Iloilo - 82 to 88 ,

Dumaguete - 80 to 85 ,Dipolog - 83 to 85 ,Aklan - 85 to 88 ,

Ozamis - 82 , tacloban - ,Cagayan De Oro - 80 to 87,

Davao - 78 to 82 ,Davao Del Sur - 72 ,Gensan - 77 to 80 ,

Zamboanga - 85 ,Pagadian - 86 , Surigao - 80 to 82

Koronadal City - 77 to 80
5  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: July 08, 2009, 05:57:56 PM

HOG PRICE for this week of   July 6, 2009    to   July   12 , 2009

Bulacan - 85 to 92  , PSPA - 87  to 89 , Tarlac - 88 to 92 ,

Rizal - 85 to 90 ,Laguna - 88 to 92 , Cavite - 81 to 86 ,

Batangas - 91, Pangasinan- 86 to 88 ,  Pampanga - 85 to 88 

Nueva Ecija - 87 , Or Mindoro - 78 to 83 ,  Naga - 98 

Ilocos - 85

Cebu- 86 to 87, Bacolod- 82 to 90 , Leyte - 85 , Iloilo - 88 to 90 ,

Dumaguete - 80 to 85 ,Dipolog - 82 to 85   ,Aklan - 88 to 90  ,

Ozamis - 80 , tacloban -   ,Cagayan De Oro - 82 to 87,

Davao - 78 to 82 ,Davao Del Sur - 72  ,Gensan - 75 to 80 ,

Zamboanga - 82 to 85  ,Pagadian - 86 , Surigao - 80 to 82
Koronadal City - 80 to 82
6  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: June 16, 2009, 05:34:32 PM
wala din ako bukidnon price  Sad   

magkano na dyan sa bukidnon bro?

HOG PRICE for this week of   June 15, 2009    to   June   21 , 2009

Bulacan - 87 to 92  , PSPA - 90  to 94 , Tarlac - 90 to 92 ,

Rizal - 90 ,Laguna - 88 to 92 , Cavite - 81 to 86 ,

Batangas - 90, Pangasinan- 86 to 88 ,  Pampanga - 90 to 93 

Nueva Ecija - 85 , Or Mindoro - 85 ,  Naga - 96 

Ilocos - 85

Cebu- 86 , Bacolod- 82 to 94 , Leyte - 85 , Iloilo - 90 to 91 ,

Dumaguete - 85 to 88 ,Dipolog - 82 to 85   ,Aklan - 92  ,

Ozamis - 85 to 86 , tacloban - 90 ,Cagayan De Oro - 82 to 86,

Davao - 78 to 82 ,Davao Del Sur - 75  ,Gensan - 76 to 81 ,

Zamboanga - 85 to 87  ,Pagadian - 82 to 83 , Surigao - 82 to 85
Koronadal City - 80 to 84
7  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: May 27, 2009, 04:19:10 PM
would like to ask po if totoo na nagiimport na from other coutries ng pork?

totoo Sad
8  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: May 27, 2009, 10:39:58 AM

HOG PRICE for this week of   May 25, 2009    to   May   31 , 2009

Bulacan - 91 to 95  , PSPA - 92  to 96 , Tarlac - 92 to 96 ,

Rizal - 94 to 102 ,Laguna - 94 , Cavite - 94 ,

Batangas - 95 to 97, Pangasinan- 86 to 88 ,  Pampanga - 95 

Nueva Ecija - 90 to 95 , Or Mindoro - 92 ,  Naga - 96 to 102   

Ilocos - 85

Cebu- 89 , Bacolod- 88 to 95 , Leyte - 88 , Iloilo - 93 to 95 ,

Dumaguete - 85 to 87 ,Dipolog - 82 to 85   ,Aklan - 92  ,

Ozamis - 85 to 86 , tacloban - 90 ,Cagayan de oro - 84 to 90,

Davao - 78 to 82 ,Davao Del Sur - 75  ,Gensan - 75 to 82 ,

Zamboanga - 85 to 87  ,Pagadian - 85 to 86 , Surigao - 82 to 85
Koronadal City - 80 to 84

Smiley   Good Bless Us All   Smiley
9  LIVESTOCKS / AGRI-NEWS / Re: 18th annual hog convention and trade exhibits on: May 24, 2009, 07:36:39 PM
yup Cheesy
10  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: May 15, 2009, 08:23:38 PM
brace yourself  for another round of 


11  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / WHO to stop using term 'swine flu' on: May 05, 2009, 04:29:33 PM
GENEVA – The World Health Organization announced Thursday it will would stop using the term "swine flu" to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs. The policy shift came a day after Egypt began slaughtering thousands of pigs in a misguided effort to prevent swine flu.

WHO spokesman Dick Thompson said the agriculture industry and the U.N. food agency had expressed concerns that the term "swine flu" was misleading consumers and needlessly causing countries to ban pork products and order the slaughter of pigs.

"Rather than calling this swine flu ... we're going to stick with the technical scientific name H1N1 influenza A," Thompson said.

The swine flu virus originated in pigs, and has genes from human, bird and pig viruses. Scientists don't know exactly how it jumped to humans. In the current outbreak, WHO says the virus is being spread from human to human, not from contact with infected pigs.

Egypt began slaughtering its roughly 300,000 pigs Wednesday even though experts said swine flu is not linked to pigs and not spread by eating pork. Angry farmers protested the government decree.

In Paris, the World Organization for Animal Health said Thursday "there is no evidence of infection in pigs, nor of humans acquiring infection directly from pigs."

Killing pigs "will not help to guard against public or animal health risks" presented by the virus and "is inappropriate," the group said in a statement.

China, Russia, Ukraine and other nations have banned pork exports from Mexico and parts of the United States, blaming swine flu fears.

Most in the Muslim world consider pigs unclean animals and do not eat pork because of religious restrictions. The farmers in Egypt raise the pigs for consumption by the country's Christian minority.

WHO also reported the number of confirmed swine flu cases rose to 257 worldwide Thursday, with cases in Mexico rising to 97 from 26, with seven deaths. The WHO confirmed tally from the United States now stands at 109, with one death.

Other confirmed cases include 34 in Canada, 13 in Spain, eight in Britain, three each in Germany and New Zealand, two in Israel and one each in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

WHO raised the pandemic flu alert to phase 5 on Wednesday, one step away from the highest level indicating a global outbreak. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said Thursday there were no indications in the past day that would prompt the U.N. body to raise the alert further.

To move from pandemic alert level 5 to level 6 means that WHO believes there is evidence of big outbreaks in at least two world regions and a pandemic is under way.

Fukuda said the jump in confirmed cases from Mexico was probably the result of scientists working their way through a backlog of untested samples from suspected cases.

"They are going through several thousands of laboratory specimens right now," he said.

WHO has started distributing its stockpile of 2 million treatments of the antiviral drug Tamiflu to regional offices, which will decide where to send them next.

Many of those drugs will go to developing countries that don't have stockpiles of their own and some will be sent to Mexico, Fukuda said, without providing figures.
12  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Re: Hog Farm Gate Price on: May 05, 2009, 04:26:51 PM

HOG PRICE for this week of   May 04, 2009    to   May  10, 2009

Bulacan - 91 to 97  , PSPA - 94  to 98 , Tarlac - 96 to 99 ,

Rizal - 95 to 98 ,Laguna - 94 , Cavite - 96 to 99 ,

Batangas - 95 to 98, Pangasinan- 90 to 93 ,  Pampanga - 95 to 99

Nueva Ecija - 95 , Or Mindoro - 94 ,  Naga - 96 to 99   

Ilocos - 95

Cebu- 90 to 91 , Bacolod- 90 to 96 , Leyte - 90 , Iloilo - 93 to 95 ,

Dumaguete - 88 to 90 ,Dipolog - 84 to 85   ,Aklan - 95  ,

Ozamis - 85 to 86 , tacloban - 90 ,Cagayan de oro - 87 to 92,

Davao - 82 to 84 ,Davao Del Sur - 80  ,Gensan - 75 to 80 ,

Zamboanga - 85 to 87  ,Pagadian - 86 to 87 , Surigao - 85 to 87
Koronadal City - 78 to 80

Smiley   Good Bless Us All   Smiley
13  LIVESTOCKS / AGRI-NEWS / Re: 18th annual hog convention and trade exhibits on: May 05, 2009, 06:20:30 AM
14  LIVESTOCKS / AGRI-NEWS / Re: 18th annual hog convention and trade exhibits on: April 21, 2009, 10:12:07 AM
15  LIVESTOCKS / SWINE / Pagkain para sa Pinoy only on: April 07, 2009, 11:35:59 AM

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