Sinag to DA: Help backyard hog raisers

August 7, 2017 at 7:11 am Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 ROSALES-  The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (Sinag) asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) to help local backyard hog raisers by providing gilts (young, female swine) to them.

Sinag chair Rosendo O. So said providing the hog raisers with gilts would improve the breed of hogs in the country.

He said the backyard hog raising has dwindled for years due to the unabated smuggling and importation of pork that affected local production.

The hog industry in the country is composed of 30 percent commercial hog raisers and 70 percent backyard hog raisers.

“Unless the government will intervene to help local hog raisers and improve the hog breeds, the local hog industry will die. We don’t have the capacity to import the 70 percent produced by the backyard hog producers,” So said.

He also said that the government should support the local hog industry by minimizing pork importation so that backyard hog raisers will be able to sustain their operations.

It can be recalled that Sinag over the years has been fighting for the stop of smuggling of agricultural products in the country tat include pork, chicken, garlic and onions.

” 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,” So said.

                 So further said that through the Sinag’s incessant calls for a legislative action, Congress was able to pass last year Republic Act No. 10845 known also as “Anti- Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016” to avert further smuggling of agricultural products.

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