Poultry shipments from US monitored
The Philippine Department of Agriculture is closely
monitoring the entry of imported poultry from the United States following
reports that traders might hoard the produce in order to raise domestic prices.
Companies allowed to import poultry are San Miguel Corp., RFM, Bounty
Chicken, Tyson Agri Ventures, Philippine Association of Broilers Integrators and
members of United Broiler Raisers Association. Imported poultry is set to come
in starting this week until December 31.
Agriculture Undersecretary for Livestock and Fisheries Jesus Paras assured
the government would be vigilant. Agriculture
Secretary Arthur Yap noted the industry supplied
consumers with 610,096 mt or 610.1-million kg of poultry meat in 2005. This
year's projected supply has been pegged at a lower 605,385 mt or 605.38-million
"Hoarding is common practice among traders. What we can do is to strictly
monitor the arrival of shipments and make sure we get whatever is the authorized
volume only," he said.
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