Farmers seek protection from high pork imports


The Manila Times (Philippines)

November 17, 2021


THE national government is urged to defend Filipino farmers' rights against excessive imports from trade agreements even as 440 million kilos of imported pork have already flooded the local market to the detriment of the local hog sector.


In a virtual forum on "Halalan 2022 Para sa Agrikultura," hosted by the Philippine Chamber of Agriculture and Food Inc. (PCAFI), Sen. Francis Pangilinan said the food importation regime should stop.


"We should only import when needed. Importation should be a last resort. All countries have a way of standing up against [trade agreement pressures]. What's been happening is we choose to go blind; just following mandates. There are gray areas in trade agreements we can hold on to in order to defend our farmers," said the senator, who is also a vice-presidential candidate.


Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines (Propork) President Edwin Chen said it was unfortunate that despite pleas from the local hog sector for a cessation of importation, the government has ruled against the local hog sector's request...