Importation in PH continues despite overwhelming supply of chicken and pork
The Department of Agriculture (DA) maintained that it won’t recommend the suspension of the importation of certain agricultural commodities even if Luzon’s cold storages are already filled with an overwhelming supply of both imported and local frozen dressed chicken and pork.
In a government data cited by United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA), it showed that from June 24, 2019 to June 22, 2020, the inventory on imported dressed chicken went up by 74.1 percent, while local supply surged by 284.36 percent. This is an increase of 138.79 percent in total supply
Meanwhile, inventory on imported pork fell by 7.2 percent, but local production rose by 195.31 percent. In total, pork inventory went up by 7.94 percent.
This data was included in UBRA’s open letter to Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
“This letter pertains to the status of the frozen inventory of chicken and pork in cold storages. Please join us in prayer that there will be no second Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or lockdown in Metro-Manila, Central Luzon, and CALABARZON,” UBRA said.
To recall, the ECQ implemented by the government in order to control the spread of COVID-19 forced people to stay home and shut down several establishments like restaurants and hotels.
Unfortunately, bulk of the local hog and poultry production goes to restaurants, hotels, and institutional buyers, pulling down the demand and prices to the detriment of Filipino raisers.
This pushed UBRA to appeal in March for DA to suspend the importation of poultry products so that their production can at least be taken up by other buyers.
DA didn’t give in to the appeal, citing trade commitments with other countries.