Cutting cost of poultry production necessary in Philippines
Efforts must be made to lower the cost of poultry
production in the Philippines in order to successfully export chicken
This was a statement recently made by Bureau of Animal Industry Director
Davinio Catbagan. He pointed out that foreign buyers are always on the lookout
for competitive prices, and that even though the country is free of bird flu,
poultry products still need to be competitively priced.
Catbagan says that Philippine poultry growers find it hard to compete
against their biggest export rival - Thailand - because the cost of production
inputs, particularly feed, continues to rise due to the rising cost of feed
inputs. He added that the Department of Agriculture is working on increasing
local production of corn to lessen reliance on the increasingly expensive
imported corn. Bringing down the cost of production, he says, is an important
factor in increasing the country's competitiveness in chicken products.
Other measures necessary to achieve the export goal include ensuring good
genetic material, proper disease prevention and control and implementing good
Catbagan said the Philippines has good export potential for its poultry
products to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia
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