No pork after Holy Week – Sinag

March 10, 2016 at 11:09 am Leave a comment


 

By Brando Cortez
ROSALES- There will be no pork after Holy Week.
A group of agriculture stakeholders will hold a five-day pork holiday to dramatize their call on the government to stop rampant smuggling of pork and save the backyard hog farmers.
Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) President Rosendo So said the backyard hog raisers have been complaining of the drop in farm-gate price and planning to go on a pork holiday since November 2015.
“Hindi na natin sila mapipigilan. November pa last year eh gusto na nilang mag-pork holiday. Five days lang. Paano na kung 365 days na, dahil wala na ang hog industry?” So said.
“Ayaw sana natin na maapektuhan ang consumers pero may message lang na gusto nating iparating sa ating government, kung mawala yung local industry ganun ang mangyayari,”So said.
So said  the viability of backyard hog raising is in danger due to continued smuggling.
“Yung backyard kasi eh ang live weight bumaba na P80-P85 yung presyo kaya umaangal na talaga sila, yung lugi nila P20 to P15 per kilo, kung sa 100 kilos between P2,000 to P1,500 per head ang lugi.” He said.
So said 202,936 tons of pork was smuggled into the country from 2010 to 2014. He said some of the confiscated smuggled pork have been released and is now in the market.

“Meron smuggled na dumating La Carmen, pati yung sa Port of Batangas, sa Port of Cebu …na-hold pero nai-release pa rin. Konti lang naiwan na container vans,” he said.
So said the Department of Agriculture lied when it said that there was an increase in the production volume in the hog industry.

“Noong 2010 meron 9.54 million heads ang mga hog raisers… ngayon meron na lang 7.78 million heads,” he said. “Paano nagkaroon ng increase doon?”
So said Sinag was still hopeful that President Benigno Aquino will sign the Agriculture Anti Smuggling Act of 2015 to achieve national food security.
“Malaking tulong ang pag-pasa ng Congress at Senate sa Agriculture Anti Smuggling Law para makuha natin ang food security,” he said. “Naniniwala tayo na pipirmahan ni Presidente ito.”

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