Suplay ng manok sa bansa, inaasahang babalik sa normal sa buwan ng Setyembre hanggang Oktubre — DA

admin   •   August 14, 2014   •   3372

Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Dinahilan ng Department of Agriculture (DA) ang pananalasa ng Bagyong Glenda sa bansa kaya nagkaroon ng kakulangan sa supply ng manok.

Ayon kay DA Usec. Jose Reano, nasira ng nagdaang bagyo ang mga poultry at farm kaya naapektuhan ang suplay ng karneng manok at tumaas ang presyo nito sa mga pamilihan.

Samantala, tiniyak ng ahensya na bago matapos ang buwan ng Setyembre o sa unang linggo ng Oktubre ay maibabalik na sa normal ang supply at presyo nito.

Paliwanag ni Usec. Reano, may mga lugar sa Eastern Visayas, Southern Tagalog at Bicol Region na ngayong Agosto pa lamang muli mag-aalaga ng manok.

Kaya naman pagkatapos ng 21–45 days, saka pa lamang nila ito maibebenta.

Samantala, ang DA ay may panukalang pondo na nagkakahalaga ng 88.8-billion pesos para sa susunod na taon.

51.7-billion pesos dito ay direktang mapupunta sa ahensya habang ang 37.2-billion pesos naman ay para sa Presidential Assistance on Food Security And Modernization o PAFSAM na nasa ilalim ng Office of the President.

Sa pagdinig ng House Committee on Approriations, sinabi ni DA Secretary Proceso Alcala na ngayong 2014 ay  98% rice sufficient ang bansa.

Ang projected demand ngayon taon ay nasa 12.9-million metric tons habang ang inaasahang supply na naiipon ay umaabot naman sa 12.38 million metric tons.

Subalit upang makatiyak na hindi magkukulang ang supply sakaling magkaroon ng kalamidad, nakatakda silang mag-import ng 1.3-million metric tons ng bigas. (Grace Casin, UNTV News)

DA urged to prioritize eradication of ASF, extension of aid to hog farmers

Robie de Guzman   •   April 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to “do everything in its power” to resolve the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak, and to prioritize the extension of aid to struggling local hog industry stakeholders.

“This food crisis is a local problem that must have a local solution. In order of priority, unahin po natin ang pagsugpo sa ASF at pagtulong sa mga magbababoy. Iyan ang tanong po natin sa DA ngayon. Ano po ang farm-level solutions nyo?” Villanueva said in Monday’s Senate hearing on the alleged “tongpats scheme” within the DA on imported pork.

Villanueva made the call as he expressed apprehension over President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 128 to temporarily lower the tariffs on pork imports to resolve the existing pork supply shortage and stabilize meat prices in the country.

“At hindi po ako naniniwala na ang solusyon sa krisis na ito ay mag-import ng karne. An imported virus is killing local pigs. We should not let too much imported pork finish off what is left of our hog industry. Our salvation cannot be found in foreign farms,” he said.

Villanueva said that the ASF outbreak has reduced the supply of local pork in the market and that he wants to know what the DA is doing to counter this scarcity that has been driving the prices of meat to unaffordable levels.

“Maliban sa pag-alis ng tariff walls, ano po ang farmgate interventions ng DA? The national swine inventory is down by 3 million heads. Piggeries have been emptied of one-fourth of their stocks. This 25-percent plunge in the livestock population translates to a 100-percent bankruptcy rate in many pig farms. Biyak na po pati kanilang piggy banks,” he said in a separate statement.

The senator noted that in Bulacan alone, the pork production inventory was already down by one-third last year while the hog production in the whole Central Luzon plunged to one-fourth in 2020.

“P8,000 po ang nawalang kita sa kada ulo ng baboy. Di hamak mas malaki po ito sa P1,000 na ayuda ng gobyerno kada ulo sa isang bahay,” he said.

Other senators have earlier called on Duterte to reconsider and recall EO 128 as this will only further burden local hog raisers who are already suffering from the negative impact of the ASF crisis.

Under EO 128, the tariff rate for imported pork meat within quota or minimum access volume will be pegged at 5 percent for the first three months of the order’s effectivity and 10 percent during the months four to 12.

For pork imports outside the quota, the order cuts the tariff to 15 percent during the first three months upon its effectivity, and 20 percent for the months four to 12.

The EO said that the current 30 percent to 40 percent tariff rate for imported pork will be restored after the 12th month.

“There is an urgent need to temporarily reduce the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates on fresh, chilled or frozen meat of swine to address the existing pork supply shortage, stabilize prices of pork meat, and minimize inflation rates,” Duterte said in his order.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, however, said there is no need to import more pork products because the local production is already more than sufficient to address the shortage of pork supply.

Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Lacson said the average nationwide consumption of pork products from 2018 to 2020 was at 1.85 million metric tons.

During the same period, the average annual local production of pork was 2.25 million metric tons.

“So where is the shortage? Hindi man malinaw na higit pa sa sapat ang supply mula sa local na production upang matugunan ang pangangailangan ng ating bansa?” Lacson said in his opening statement at the hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole on the food security crisis.

“Ito ay sa kabila ng umiiral na African Swine Fever (ASF) na nagsimulang nakapasok sa bansa noon pa mang Agosto 2019 na siyang ginawa nilang pangunahing dahilan sa pagkumbinsi kay Presidente Duterte upang pirmahan ang nasabing EO 128,” he added.

The investigation into the food security crisis stemmed from allegations about a kickback scheme in the pork importation process within the Department of Agriculture.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar earlier denied involvement in the alleged scheme and that an investigation has been launched into the issue.

DA doubles indemnity for each hog culled due to ASF

Robie de Guzman   •   April 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is increasing the indemnity for each hog culled due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak.

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said his agency, through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), will double the indemnification payout as part of the administration’s efforts to encourage hog raises badly hit by the outbreak to get back to business and help stabilize pork supply and prices in the country.

“Through the PCIC insurance program, we are doubling the indemnification payout for every pig that contracts ASF from P5,000 to P10,000. With the increased indemnity, hog raisers are encouraged to report affected pigs, thus controlling the ASF from spreading,” Dar said.

“The PCIC swine industry insurance program strongly complements the DA’s twin program of Bantay ASF sa Barangay to effectively control, contain and manage the ASF, and the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion (INSPIRE) or hog repopulation program to revive the country’s swine industry,” he added.

The DA-PCIC is the country’s sole and exclusive government agricultural insurance firm.

According to DA-PCIC president Atty. Jovy Bernabe, the swine insurance program is a relaxed version of the agency’s regular livestock insurance program, offering free premium payments for backyard raisers and discounted premium for commercial hog raisers, and increased indemnity payments for culled hogs.

“For backyard swine raisers, the subsidy will be 100 percent of the premium cost, provided they are listed in the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), while for commercial swine raisers, the premium subsidy will be discounted,” Bernabe said.

For backyard farmers, Bernabe said the DA-PCIC provides 1.75 percent premium for fatteners and 3.5 percent for breeders, which are waived as free. Commercial farmers pay the same premium rates, discounted from the regular rates of 2.25% and 4%, for their stocks to be covered.

He added that the insurance covers P10,000 per head for fatteners, P14,500 per head for breeders, and P34,000 per head for parent stocks.

Aside from backyard swine raisers and farmers’ cooperatives, the insurance program will also cover local government units, and state colleges and universities, which implement respective hog fattening and breeding programs.

“The hog farms must be registered with the LGU, which in turn, must have organized the Bantay ASF sa Barangay. Also, their operations must be compliant with the Biosecurity Level 1 standards or a level of farm biosecurity in compliance with minimum standards set by the Philippine College of Swine Practitioners (PSCP),” he said.

“The provincial and municipal governments that have jurisdiction over the farms of the beneficiaries must have adopted harmonized ordinance relevant to the prevention of ASF. Likewise, the municipal government must implement and regularly update the Municipal ASF Control and Prevention Plan, aligned with the initiatives of the DA Regional Field Office (RFO),” he added.

Dar urged backyard and commercial hog raisers to secure insurance packages and take advantage of the free and discounted insurance premium, respectively, offered by DA-PCIC to “regain your livelihood and businesses, and more importantly revive our ASF-stricken swine sector.”

DA to roll out P600M swine repopulation program in ASF affected areas

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to implement its P600-million swine repopulation program following the decline in the incidence of African Swine Fever (ASF).

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the program will initially focus on areas previously affected by the ASF outbreak and are now classified as “pink” and “yellow” zones.

“We are heartened that the ASF incidence is waning, which as of March 26, 2021, has registered 253 cases, versus 358 cases in January 2021, 330 cases in February 2021, and the highest level at 1,773 cases in August 2020,” Dar said in a statement.

“This piece of good news boosts the Duterte administration’s swine repopulation program — or the Integrated National Swine Production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion or INSPIRE — that will be implemented in ASF ‘pink’ and ‘yellow’ zones, and more extensively in ASF ‘green’ zones,” he added.

As per ASF color-coding scheme, “pink” zones serve as buffer, where ASF is not present but adjacent to an infected zone. It may also be an area previously infected but the ASF virus has not been detected for at least 90 days, and thus has recovered from infected status.

Other areas where the program will be implemented are the: “yellow” or surveillance zones, which are ASF-free but adjacent to “yellow” zones; and “light green” and “dark green” zones, which are free from ASF.

Dar said the program will be implemented through the ‘sentinel’ approach in the first regions affected by the ASF which include Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 5, 11, 12, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

The sentinel approach is the limited placement of pigs to ascertain if there is still ASF virus present in a test area.

The swine repopulation program will benefit 8,000 backyard raisers who will be grouped into 500 clusters, he added.

DA Undersecretary for Livestock Dr. William Medrano said the project beneficiaries will each receive three to five “sentinel” piglets — including feeds, veterinary drugs, biologics and anti-viral agents — during the six-month fattening period.

He said the sentinel component entails an initial budget of P400 million under the INSPIRE program.

Another P200 million is allocated for the INSPIRE multiplier breeder component to ensure continuous source of piglets for the subsequent expansion of the swine repopulation program, he added.

The DA called on local government units and stakeholders to join the government in its efforts to revive the hog industry.

“We need the strong and sustained support of backyard and commercial raisers, local government units, and the private sector to revive the industry,” Dar said.

“First, by effectively controlling the ASF and preventing its spread via strict biosecurity measures, and secondly, by embarking on a massive swine repopulation program,” he added.

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