Calls to suspend poultry imports a ‘well-orchestrated’ attempt to provoke food crisis — PAMPI
First it was just the country’s poultry raisers versus the Department of Agriculture (DA). Now it’s the country’s poultry raisers versus the DA and the meat processors.
So the question is still whether or not the Philippines should suspend the importation of poultry products, and Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. (PAMPI), one of the largest group of meat processing companies in the Philippines, chimed in to say of course the country shouldn’t.
“Since March when ECQ [enhanced community quarantine] was declared, the meat product imports that are being demanded to be banned by a group of poultry lobbyists enabled our industry to produce processed meat products that feed millions of our people up to today,” PAMPI said.
“Indeed, we want to humbly say that the meats that are being sought to be banned have become part of the solution that prevented food riots from happening which critics of the government had wished for,” it added.
PAMPI also said that the demand of the country’s poultry raisers to suspend the importation of poultry products is “a well-orchestrated but subtle attempt by vested groups to provoke a crisis and destabilize the economy by spreading false or misleading information”.
To recall, groups like United Broilers Raisers’ Association (UBRA) have been asking the DA to suspend the importation of poultry products as COVID-19 lockdowns already resulted in falling demand and prices for locally produced poultry products.
Right now, PAMPI sources most of its meat requirements abroad because it is cheaper and is widely available.