Philippine 2016 pork imports could exceed 2015


In the first eight months of the year, the Philippines imported nearly 185,198 tonnes of pork, up 19% from the previous year, data from the Bureau of Animal Industry showed. “It is trending upwards this year, and it looks like we’re heading for higher import [volume] this year over last year,” Philippine Pork Producers Federation President Edwin Chen told Asian Agribiz, although he did not say by how much.

Industry officials say however, that the volume is likely to be bigger than the official data due to technical smuggling. However, some industry officials noted that with the new administration, they hope that smuggling might be significantly lessened.


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