Higher pork, chicken imports seen in 2020


Louise Maureen Simeon, The Philippine Star

January 13, 2020


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is expected to buy more pork and chicken from the global market as African swine fever (ASF) cases in the country would pull down local supply.


In the latest report of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Foreign Agricultural Service, the Philippines is seen importing 300,000 metric tons of pork meat this year, 13 percent higher from last year’s 265,000 MT.


Domestic production, meanwhile, is seen to decline 10 percent to 1.475 million MT, from 1.675 million MT in 2019.


The USDA has lowered import projection for this year from the earlier 350,000 MT as ASF has not spread as quickly as previously anticipated, resulting in lower-than-expected herd liquidation.


“Higher-than-expected hog supplies and fewer disease impacts boost 2020 production by five percent from the previous estimate but production is forecast to fall 10 percent year-over-year due to ASF impacts,” USDA said.