August 12, 2008


Philippine pig breeders seek government aid to meet export target


Swine producers in the Philippine province of South Cotabato asked the Department of Agriculture (DA) for funding to expand accredited piggery output by 20 percent as the region gears up to for the export of cut pork meat products to Singapore.


A container van of cut pork meat products is set to be shipped to Singapore soon, the first foreign foray for the country's swine industry, according to local paper, Sun.Star Daily.


Emilio V. Escobillo Jr., president of South Cotabato Swine Producers Association, said they aim to capture around 25 percent of the Singaporean demand for pork meat products without hurting the domestic market.


Escobillo explained that participating farms need the necessary funding for expansion of swine farms to meet export targets in Singapore.


Singapore's daily pork meat requirement reportedly reaches 4,000 head per day - up to 120,000 head a month.


Escobillo said that Mindanao could only so far supply about five percent or 6,000 heads a month to Singapore to avoid shortage in the domestic market.


Abusama M. Alid, regional Agriculture director, urged the swine producers to submit proposals for expansion project before the agency, as he noted that the country is now ready for the pilot pork shipment to Singapore.


Escobillo expressed optimism that Singapore's acceptance of the Philippine pork meat will open the doors to other foreign markets in the Asian region.

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