February 12, 2008


Philippine feed millers seek tariff-free imports of corn substitutes



The Philippine feed millers have urged the government for a zero tariff on the importation of corn substitutes such as soy, soymeal and DDGS.


One of the lobbying feed millers said that their group is relying on the Department of Agriculture to help them procure the necessary raw materials for operations.


The Philippine Association of Feedmillers wrote a letter to agriculture secretary Arthur Yap on January 31 asking for zero tariff importation of corn substitutes to lessen the cost of producing feeds.


The association will also send a similar letter to director Mariz Agbon, who is in charge of tariff matters at the National Economic and Development Authority.


Meanwhile, the association has not agreed whether it will seek for zero duty on corn imports.


Last year, the Philippines imported 120,000 tonnes of corn over an output of 6.79 million tonnes.


Corn output this year is estimated to reach 7.37 million tonnes, up 8.5 percent in 2007.


Agriculture Assistant Secretary and director of the corn programme, Dennis Araullo, said the higher corn production would be brought in by expanded land allocation for corn crop.


However, Araullo said that there would be a slight shortfall in corn supply this year despite a robust harvest in 2007.