Archive for May 3, 2012

Hog Raisers welcome sacking of Aggie heads


We, stakeholders in the hog and poultry industries, welcome the firing of Efren Nuestro and Jane Bacayo as heads of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), respectively. This may be considered as initial victory on our part.

It is also a welcome development that Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala decided to hold in abeyance the implementation of Administrative Order 5 and 6, which we considered as “undemocractic” and “oppressive” because the two issuances favor only the meat importers, but detrimental to the local hog and poultry raisers.

However, for as long as the mechanisms and policies intended to check rampant smuggling are not in place, we remain vigilant and steadfast and our option to go on “national pork and chicken holiday” remains.

We call on the Aquino government to show its sincerity to protect the hog and poultry industries by not only going after “unscrupulous importers” engaged in massive “technical smuggling”, but also by scrapping Administrative Order No. 5 and 6, which deals on the hygienic handling of newly slaughtered meat and handling of chilled, frozen and thawed meat in the markets.

The two issuances ease out the local growers and allow imported meat to invade even wet markets.

We also urge Malacanang and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon to revamp its personnel handling importation of agricultural products to cleanse it of corrupt personnel who are conspiring with unscrupulous importers engaged in smuggling of pork and chicken.
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May 3, 2012 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

PNoy asked to provide protection mechanism for pig and poultry industries


Rosendo So, convenor of the Swine Development Council, during a press briefing with industry leaders

HOG and poultry raisers say they will initiate a five day holiday on the sale of pork and chicken throughout the country to dramatize their call on Malacanang to do good on its promise to crack down on smugglers of meat which threaten the livelihood of millions of workers in agriculture.

“Our message is not to penalize consumers but to point out that backyard raisers are going bankrupt due to unabated smuggling.” said Rosendo So, a convenor of the Swine Development Council during a press briefing with industry leaders.

Aside from causing income loses among farmers, the smuggling of meat deprive the government an estimated P 60 billion in revenues annually.

Besides So, also expressed their sentiments against the apparent inaction of the Aquino administration to seriously address the concerns of the industry were Rep. Nicanor M. Briones, Agap Partly-list, Edwin G. Chen, president Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines (Propork), Gregorio A. San Diego, Jr., president, United Broiler Raisers Association (UBRA), and Daniel P. Javellana, Jr., chairman of National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. (NFHFI).

The industry stakeholders underscored that aside from hog raisers, smuggling of meat also threatens the other allied farm industries such as corn, coconut and rice which produce hog and poultry feeds.

The group said they welcome the decision of Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to relieve two officials, Efren Nuestro and Jane Bacayo as heads of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), respectively. (more…)

May 3, 2012 at 9:51 pm Leave a comment


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