Meat processors lobby for AAA slaughterhouses
To help them meet the rising demand for processed meat in the country, the Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI) is appealing anew to the government to provide the industry with world-class slaughterhouses.
This way, meat processors would no longer have to import more and this would compel them to source their raw materials locally.
“What we are specifically asking is the establishment of Grade “AAA” slaughterhouses that are world-class and globally competitive,” PAMPI president Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. said.
This facility, Tiukinhoy said, will help ensure the steady supply of high quality raw materials for meat producers and processors.
He said the industry needs “a dependable and stable supply of high-quality raw materials such as chicken, pork and beef”.
Tiukinhoy added the private sector could help the government in the establishment and management of the facility.
At present, the local hog raisers have yet to maximize the potential of their businesses as it is the middlemen who get the big slice of the pie in the value chain.
Tiukinhoy said the establishment of the Triple A slaughterhouses will help hog farmers earn more from their hard work as they can directly market their produce to the buyers using the facility.
“Livestock growers should have access to these modern “AAA” abattoirs and modern fabrication floors and laboratories as well as refrigerated holding rooms to protect the quality of their meat products,” he said.
According to reports, the country’s meat imports in 2018 rose by over a fifth to a record high of nearly 850,000 metric tons (MT) as requirements from processors for raw materials expanded, coupled with a growing demand by Filipinos for protein products.