The government of the Philippine province of Aklan is contemplating venturing into hog-raising to help meet the supply of pork in the province.
Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez raised this possibility during the recent Local Price Coordination Council (LPCC) meeting in response to concerns raised by some food processors that there is a low supply of pork in the province.
According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Aklan currently lacks supply of hogs for slaughter. Buyers are said to be sourcing their supply from Capiz backyards.
The Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVET) has reported that Aklan is not operating big piggeries anymore, due to high feed prices.
Swine dispersal program
The OPVET reports that Makato, the province focused on livestock production, is also ideal for hog production. The provincial government through OPVET is currently implementing a swine dispersal program on a rollover scheme among provincial employees.
Governor Marquez, for his part, said the low supply of pork meat might have been caused by the high demand of processed meat products in the market, noting that some companies have branches that have sprouted in the region and even in Manila.
â€¢ Bureau of Agricultural Statistics
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