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· Report: Pork output likely to stay flat this year
… Because of this, the Philippines will rely more on imported pork products to plug the domestic supply shortfall and temper rising prices for the second consecutive year…
· Pork imports may hit 400,000 MT this year
… In a report by its Foreign Agricultural Service, the USDA said the new forecast was higher than the initial projection of 375,000 MT of pork imports for this year…
· African swine fever strikes 203 villages in Cordillera
… the number of ASF-infected villages is 16 percent of the 1,178 barangay in the administrative region…
Report: Pork output likely to stay flat this year
by Jasper Y. Arcalas, Business Mirror (Philippines)
June 20, 2022
The country’s pork production this year would remain flat at 1 million metric tons (MMT) as pig producers remain “hesitant” to rebuild stocks amid the continuing threat of African swine fever (ASF), an international agency said.
The United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service in Manila (USDA-FAS Manila) said in a report it published recently that local pork producers are still awaiting development related to a vaccine against the fatal hog disease.
“FAS Manila maintains 2022 pork production at 1 million MT. Industry is continually hesitant to rebuild stocks despite the government’s best efforts to encourage repopulation amid the continuing threat of ASF infection and the absence of a locally-available vaccine,” the agency said in its latest Global Agricultural Information Network (Gain) report.
Because of this, the Philippines will rely more on imported pork products to plug the domestic supply shortfall and temper rising prices for the second consecutive year.
“FAS Manila increases the 2022 pork import forecast to 400,000 MT from USDA’s 375,000 MT, following the issuance of Executive Order (EO) No. 171, Series of 2022,” the USDA-FAS Manila said.
However, the USDA-FAS Manila noted that the Philippine government’s decision to extend lower tariff rates on pork imports would only provide “minimal” and “brief” relief to consumers sans an expansion of the country’s minimum access volume (MAV)...
Pork imports may hit 400,000 MT this year
Catherine Talavera, The Philippine Star
June 20, 2022
MANILA, Philippines — The extended reduced tariffs on pork imports may raise the level of the Philippines’ pork imports this year to 400,000 metric tons (MT), according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In a report by its Foreign Agricultural Service, the USDA said the new forecast was higher than the initial projection of 375,000 MT of pork imports for this year.
The USDA attributed the upward adjustment to the recent issuance of Executive Order 171, which imposes lower tariffs on pork imports until the end of the year.
EO 171, signed by President Duterte on May 21, extends the lower tariffs on pork under EO 134, which was signed last year, aimed at bringing down prices and stabilizing the supply of pork in the country.
EO 134 reduced the most favored nation (MFN) tariff rates for in-quota pork imports or those under the minimum access volume (MAV) to 10 percent for three months and was increased to 15 percent in the remaining months. This is lower than the original rate of 30 percent.
In contrast, out quota pork imports were slapped with a
20-percent tariff for the first three months, which were raised to 25 percent in the remaining months. This is lower than the original tariff of 40 percent.
Under EO 171, the 15 percent in-quota and 25 percent out quota tariff rates for pork will be extended until Dec. 31.
While the reduced tariffs were extended, the USDA stressed that no changes were made to the MAV which remained at 54,210 MT since February, unlike the 200,000 MT additional MAV for pork imports issued in 2021 under EO 133.
“The government’s relative half-measure to improve market access in 2022 compared to 2021 is likely to offer only minimal and brief relief to consumers given the relatively still high in-quota duty rate and no expansion of the in-quota volume,” the USDA said...
African swine fever strikes 203 villages in Cordillera
By Dexter A. See, The Manila Times (Philippines)
June 20, 2022
TWO-HUNDRED-THREE barangay (villages) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) had been affected by the dreaded African swine fever (ASF) over the past two years.
Dr. Cameron Odsey, regional director of the Cordillera office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-CAR), over the weekend said the number of ASF-infected villages is 16 percent of the 1,178 barangay in the administrative region.
He added that for this year alone, some P247.5 million has been earmarked by the agency for the ongoing swine production feed assistance program toward the realization of the government's swine repopulation program.
The repopulation program aims to bring back the stability of supply and prices of pork...