DA issues import ban on bird products from Altforst village, The Netherlands

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2020   •   294

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday (November 10) issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products originating from the village of Altforst in the Dutch province of Gelderland, the Netherlands.

According to DA, a veterinary report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in The Hague said there is an outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in the area affecting parent broiler stock poultry.

Thus, the ban also covers poultry meat, day old chicks, eggs and semen coming from the said village, the DA said.

In line with this, the processing, evaluation of application and issuance of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) import clearance for the above products is also suspended.

Meanwhile, all incoming poultry meat shipments with SPS import clearance issued on or before October 30 will be allowed entry provided that the frozen poultry meat has a slaughter date of 21 days prior to the start of the outbreak on October 8.

All shipments that do not comply with the veterinary quarantine protocols will be confiscated.

The importation ban has taken effect on November 6 as signed by the DA Secretary William Dar.

DA updates SRP for basic agri-products in NCR wet markets

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Friday said it has issued a new set of suggested retail prices (SRP) for basic agricultural commodities sold in wet markets in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The DA, however, said the SRP does not include products sold in supermarkets.

The department said it updated the SRP “as changing cost structures in the supply chain require updating to allow retailers to realize a reasonable profit while ensuring that consumers are protected from profiteering.”

The DA said the updated SRP was issued under the Administrative Circular No. 17, signed by Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar on November 26, 2020.

It will serve as guide for retailers and consumers amid the Luzon-wide price freeze imposed in light of the pandemic and the series of calamities that have devastated the country, it added.

The new set of SRP covers seven categories, namely rice, livestock and poultry, fish, lowland and highland vegetables, fruits, spices, and other basic items.

Their respective prices per kilogram are the following:

Rice

  • Local: special P50; premium P45; and well-milled P40
  • Imported: special P52; premium P45; and well-milled P36

Livestock & Poultry

  • Beef rump P380
  • Brisket P300
  • Pork pigue/kasim P260
  • Liempo P290
  • Whole chicken P140
  • Chicken egg (medium) P6.50/piece

Fish

  • Milkfish (bangus) P160
  • Tilapia P120
  • Roundscad (galunggong) imported P140
  • Alumahan P250

Lowland Vegetables

  • Ampalaya P120
  • Sitaw P100
  • Pechay (native) P80
  • Squash P30
  • Eggplant P100
  • Tomato P100

Highland Vegetables

  • Cabbage (Scorpio) P70
  • Carrots P80
  • Habitchuelas (Baguio beans) P130
  • White potato P70
  • Pechay (Baguio) P80
  • Chayote P40

Fruits

  • Calamansi P50
  • Banana: lakatan P90; latundan P70
  • Papaya P60
  • Mango (carabao) P150

Spices

  • Red onion local P160; imported P120
  • White onion (imported) P100
  • Garlic P90
  • Ginger P160

Other Basic Items

  • Sugar – refined P50; washed P45; brown P45
  • Cooking oil (palm) – 350 ml P25; and 1 liter P50

“Those who fail to comply with the SRPs could be fined between P5,000 and P2 million and face imprisonment between five and 15 years,” the DA warned.

It also urged consumers to report SRP violators at (02) 8920-0925 and da.consumersprotection@gmail.com “so that appropriate corrective measures could be taken.”

DA sees normal supply of vegetables in December as prices slump

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Prices of vegetables have started to decline in major markets in Metro Manila even after the devastation caused by the recent typhoons.

According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), there is still enough supply of vegetables in the market as there are supplies coming from areas not affected by the calamity.

Kahapon galing lang ako ng Tuguegarao at nakausap ko iyong regional office natin doon at sabi nga nila, iyong pinanggagalingan talaga ng mga gulay na dinadala sa Nueva Viscaya trading post ay hindi gaano natamaan ng bagyo,” confirmed DA ASec. Kristine Evangelista.

[Just yesterday, I went to Tuguegarao and I was able to talk to our regional officers there. According to them, the areas where Nueva Viscaya gets its vegetables from were not that affected by the typhoon.]  

Evangelista said the agency is ready to help in order to lessen the transportation cost of agri products to Metro Manila.

The official said that even with an oil price hike and increase in toll, the prices of agri products will remain.

“Definitely there is additional cost because doon sa pagtaas ng gasolina, add cost iyan (the increase in prices of gasoline is an added cost). Bilang negosyante madadagdag na yan sa iyong mga gastusin and then toll pa. Pero pasok pa rin doon sa SRP, (As an entrepreneur that will be added to your expenses plus the toll. But still, it is within the SRP),” Evangelista said saying they expect the supply to increase again by December.

 “One month, two months at the most after the calamity and the flooding we are expecting [our supply to] normalize lalo na pagdating sa gulay (especially the vegetables),” she added.

The agency is continuously mobilizing Kadiwa stores in Metro Manila to sell vegetables at a cheaper price.

DA includes beef, vegetables in expanded suggested retail price

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday said it has issued new suggested retail prices (SRP) for more basic agriculture commodities following the Luzon-wide price freeze imposed as a result of recent calamities in the country.

The DA said it issued the new SRP to manage prices amid tightened supply and “to not aggravate the current difficulties” of those affected by the pandemic and the previous typhoons.

The new SRP was issued under DA Administrative Circular No. 16 signed by Agriculture Secretary William Dar on Nov. 20.

The circular covers the following 14 prime commodities, namely beef, lowland vegetables, and highland vegetable products and their respective prices per kilogram:

  • Beef rump – P380
  • Beef brisket – P300
  • Ampalaya – P80
  • Sitaw – P80
  • Pechay (native) – P80
  • Squash – P30
  • Eggplant – P60
  • Tomato – P100
  • Cabbage (Scorpio) – P60
  • Carrots – P80
  • Habitchuelas (Baguio beans) – P100
  • White potato – P70
  • Pechay (Baguio) – P60
  • Chayote – P30

The DA said the SRP shall be applicable in wet markets and public markets in Metro Manila.

The circular takes effect immediately after publication on its website.

“The SRP remains in effect until 60 days from publication and/or posting unless revoked and/or lifted or another circular is issued to the same effect,” the department said.

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