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Philippines to import more pork, chicken

The Philippines is expected to buy more pork and chicken from the global market as African swine fever (ASF) lingers in the country, affecting local production and supply.

In the latest monthly report of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, the Philippines is seen importing 280,000 metric tons of pork this year, 26 percent higher than last year’s 222,000 MT.

Domestic production will decline by 8.5 percent to 1.45 million MT from 1.585 million MT in 2019.

“Global production is forecast seven percent lower year-over-year, largely due to reduced output in China, Vietnam and Philippines, all countries affected by ASF,” the USDA said.

The Philippine Department of Agriculture reported that a total of 251,450 pigs were killed since the outbreak started in August 2019. But the industry is claiming that more hogs have been actually culled.

Consumption was also lowered by four percent to 1.729 million MT from 1.806 million MT as consumers shift to chicken meat.

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