Philippines - Gov’t hard-pressed to ensure enough meat for the holidays

Luzon faces increasing prospects of a meat shortage this Christmas, as the government falls short of target hog and poultry importations and Central Mindanao, a key producer of hog meat, not having enough for the country’s northern regions.
Monday 9 November 2009 (9 years 12 days ago)
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Luzon faces increasing prospects of a meat shortage this Christmas, as the government falls short of target hog and poultry importations and Central Mindanao, a key producer of hog meat, not having enough for the country’s northern regions.

The government expects to have a total of 7,000 metric tons (MT) of imported pork in stock by the first week of December, an Agriculture official said yesterday.

"In our latest report, pork in transit is about 5,000 MT…it will arrive in the first week of December," Agriculture Assistant Secretary Salvador S. Salacup told reporters yesterday. So far, about 2,000 MT of pork imports have already arrived in the country, he added.

However, the total is lower than the Agriculture department’s estimated 20,000 MT supply shortfall for pork, caused by diseases that have hit the industry from the past two years and damage from the two storms that struck Luzon hard in September to October.

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