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January 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm Leave a comment

Abono calls for stop to importation of rice, chicken and pork

By Brando Cortez

ROSALES-The Abono Party-list is re-echoing its call on government policymakers for a stop to the importation of agricultural products and instead provide more support to local stakeholders to attain food self-sufficiency.

Consultations by the Abono with the farmers including hog raisers and poultry growers bared that importation of rice, pork and chicken has placed the target of having food self-sufficiency on the wrong track.

Abono Party-list Chairman Rosendo So said that the goal of attaining food self-sufficiency is attainable if the government gives full support to the stakeholders of the agricultural sector.

“The farmers, hog raisers and poultry growers are vital contributors to the food basket of our country,” So said. “What we lack here is the full support of government for our own farmers.”

So also bewailed the ballooning percentage increases in chicken importation citing that there is a 346% increase from 2005 to 2010.

He said that the government has allowed the importation of 97,197,041 kilograms of chicken for this year which is a 44.5% increase from the 67,264,871 kilograms of chicken imported in 2009.

The volume of imported chicken in 2010 is 112% more than the 45,772,404 kilograms of imported chicken in 2008, while the volume of imported chicken in 2010 is 346% higher than the 28,054,136 kilograms of chicken imported in 2005.

So said that the steep increases in the level of pork importation has also been alarming to the hog raisers.

He said that 2010 level of pork importation has alarmingly increased by 343% compared to the 2005 level.

“The government allowed to import 172,625,948 kilograms of pork this year compared to 50,356,010 kilograms in 2005,” So said. “That is a very big 343% percent increase!”

The pork importation in 2010 is 51% higher than the 114,365,159 kilograms imported in 2009 while the 2010 level of importation is 58% higher than the 109,366,006 kilograms in 2008.

He said that the feed requirements of for hog and chicken come from the local farmers.

“The hog and chicken industry uses 50% corn, 15% rice bran, 8% molasses (from sugar cane), 6% coconut oil for their feed requirements,” So said. “All these are products of our local farmers.”

So said that other countries give support to their farmers and explained why imported pork is cheaper.

“For example, when input costs went up, they gave subsidy to their farmers so that corn can be sold at P6 per kilo,” So said. “Here in our country, the price of corn is P12 per kilo because the government does not extend price support to our farmers.”

“Since feeds for pork is more expensive in the Philippines, the price of local pork is also more expensive than imported pork.” So continued.

So said that the continuing increases in the volume of imported rice, pork and chicken has been a drain to the coffers of the national government and has not helped in improving the food production capacity of the country.

“Our government spends billions of pesos in importing rice and giving permit to import pork and chicken are killing the local farmers,” So said. “This means that we are patronizing the products of farmers, hog raisers and poultry growers from foreign countries to the detriment of our local farmers, hog raisers and poultry growers.”

“The government should consider giving the money meant for importation to support the input requirements of the local farmers, hog raisers and poultry growers,” So said.

So said that 2.5 million metric tons of rice was bought by our government from farmers of other countries.

“The money used to import rice for should be used to support our farmers in the form of fertilizers, insecticides, seedlings, irrigation and other support services,” So said. “The support will surely help the farmers to produce more than the daily rice requirements of our people.”

He said that Abono believes that the Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has food self-sufficiency programs that support the local farmers to achieve higher productivity levels and will the erase the notion that the previous administration has been too dependent on importation for our peoples food needs.

January 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

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