Illegal trade aids Phillipine pork shortage
Local government officials in the Philippine province
Marinduque have raised concerns over the massive shipping out and illegal trade
of pigs that have led to a pork shortage.
Carlito FabaleÃ±a, provincial director of the Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI), confirmed complaints from consumers over the soaring prices of
meat products because of a scarcity in the province. A kilo of pork ranges from
P160 to a high of P190, depending on the availability of live hogs.
FabaleÃ±a said pig traders from other provinces prefer
to buy meat and livestock from Marinduque because the province is free from foot and mouth disease
His findings were corroborated by a report from the Provincial Veterinary
Office which showed that in 2007, more than 12,000 heads of fattener hogs and
36,604 heads of piglets were shipped out of the province.
Provincial veterinarian, Dr. Josue
Victoria stated that "at present, we have 29 licensed livestock traders in the
province, but some of them are seasonal as they come out only during the months
of November or December or during fiestas when demand for pork is high,"
He lamented that even breeder hogs are being transported out of the
province, further threatening pig production in Marinduque. Mayo said the high
cost of inputs, particularly feeds, has prompted hog raisers to sell their pigs
outside the province for bigger profits.
Monitoring & Regulating
The DTI suggested that a price monitoring and regulatory council in every
municipality be organized to determine the most probable price that can be
imposed on every product, particularly meats and livestock, and to regulate the
shipping out of pigs.
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