Philippine pork production seen falling 40% to pre-ASF level


Catherine Talavera, The Philippine Star

July 14, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Despite a projected increase in global pork production this year, the Philippines’ pork output is seen to decline nearly 40 percent than its production prior to African swine fever (ASF), according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).


In its latest report, the USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) said Philippine pork production is expected to drop to one million metric tons (MT) this year, 10 percent lower than the previous year and almost 40 percent lower than its 1.6 million MT and 1.59 MT production in 2018 and 2019, respectively.


“At the beginning of 2021, commercial operators hesitated to repopulate due to fear of further disease outbreaks and restrictions on hog marketing meant to control the spread of ASF,” the USDA said.


“Furthermore, the government instituted temporary price ceilings on retail pork in an effort to control prices in a move that ultimately created disincentives for increasing hog production,”it said...