PH pork production unlikely to recover in 2021 – USDA


By CNN Philippines Staff

Jan 4, 2021


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) — The United States Department of Agriculture said the Philippines’ pork production is unlikely to recover in 2021 as the African Swine Fever continues to bring down producers’ confidence.


In its Philippines: Pork and Poultry Update, the USDA revised its earlier production projection of 1.35 million metric tons to 1 million MT “as commercial operations have yet to regain confidence that they can safely produce and be permitted to market their pork products throughout the country.”


This is due to the continuous spread of ASF and the restrictions implemented to address it, the agency noted.


The current estimate is also down by 21% from the projected 2020 production of 1.275 million MT.


As of October 1, total swine inventory was estimated at 11.27 million head, down 13.4% from the previous year according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. It added that swine population in both backyard and commercial farms declined 5.4% and 27%, respectively.


The Department of Agriculture said the spread of ASF in the country has been tapering down, with community restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic being considered as one of the contributors. Almost 350,000 pigs have been culled, while total cost has reached ₱56 billion since the start of the outbreak in 2019.


USDA noted that imports may “partially offset further reductions in production given higher local prices and global competition for pork supplies.” This is seen to increase to 225,000 MT from 2020’s level at 150,000 MT.


The agency said consumption will be further constricted...