Philippines looking to import more chicken
The Philippines agriculture department is likely to
approve more chicken imports, due to a shortage of the meat, as well as the
projected increase in demand during the Christmas season.
The three million kgs of chicken that importers were proposing to buy would
comprise less than 1% of the Philippines' annual consumption of 450 million
head, said Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap
, adding that this would only
He also stated that the increase in imports would satisfy the traditional
increase in demand in the last quarter. "In the same manner, the shortage is
also the reason for the increase in egg prices," he said.
Yap said the Philippines imported a record 32 million kgs of chicken in the
last quarter in 2006, which consequently discouraged poultry raisers from
producing more birds in the first quarter this year.
Additionally, the drought experienced in the country has worsened the
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