DA told to address dumping of frozen pork in wet markets


By Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas, GMA News (Philippines)

February 15, 2021


Farmers group Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) on Monday called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to address the dumping of frozen pork in wet markets, as this—along with the expected increase in imports—is slowly killing the industry.



According to SINAG, the DA is seemingly reluctant to arrest importers that are dumping frozen pork into wet markets, amid the implementation of a price cap per kilogram of P270 for kasim and pigue, and P300 for liempo. This has forced some retailers to stop selling, or instead sell frozen meat.


"Sabihin na lang ni Secretary Dar na huwag na kaming mag-alaga ng baboy at manok kesa sa dahan dahan niyang pagpatay sa industriya," the group said in an emailed statement.


SINAG noted that Dar's leadership has pushed for the reduction of pork and rice tariffs, and the opening of the minimum access volume (MAV) allocation for pork imports, as well as the flooding of frozen meat in wet markets.


"This is not only illegal...