Pork producers, hog farmers to hold hog convention
By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
ROSALES- The country’s hog industry players will hold their 26th National Hog Convention and Trade Exhibits on March 30 to April 1 at SMX Convention Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.
The convention is jointly organized by the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Inc. (ProPork) headed by Eliseo S. Yu and National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. (NFHFI) headed by Chester Warren Y. Tan for commercial and backyard pork producers from all over the country.
It is a venue for the pork producers and hog raisers to share their experiences, tips and to learn from each other.
The hog convention has became an important tool for both veterans in the industry including those who are planning to set up their hog business.
The convention’s theme,” Change is Now, Pinoy Pork Wow na Wow!” focuses on how the stakeholders of the hog industry can work together to strengthen, protect and promote the local pork industry.
Engr. Rosendo So, chair of Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) and of Abono Partylist, will be one of the special guests.
When asked on his insights about the forthcoming convention, So said it was a laudable event where stakeholders in the country’s hog industry will converge to assess the industry’s problems and current situation.
” It is also noteworthy that the convention will feature the 10th Backyard Hog Farmers Congress to give special attention to backyard hog raisers who play an important role in the development of the hog industry,” So said.
Sinag, an organization of agricultural stakeholders, has continuously been a partner of the hog industry in promoting the local pork and in curbing meat smuggling in the country.
“We have many gains in instituting reforms in the hog industry particularly in fighting the perennial problem of meat smuggling. With our close coordination with the Bureau of Customs (BoC), tons of smuggled pork have been confiscated and have not found their way to our markets, including other smuggled agricultural products like rice, garlic and onions. Through our incessant calls for a legislative action, Congress was able to pass last year Republic Act No. 10845 known as ‘Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016’ to avert further smuggling of agricultural products in the future and also to protect our agricultural industry,” So said.
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