The national government has committed full support to local hog producers working to put an end to meat smuggling in the country.
In his speech during the 23rd National Hog Convention, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said he has directed the department’s regional and national units to intensify efforts to impede meat smuggling.
Also present was Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture, who pledged to help fight smuggling not only of meats but of all agricultural products.
“This will give local hog raisers the opportunity to earn better income,” Alcala said before some 1,200 industry players who joined the conference in General Santos City.
The convention aimed to provide stakeholders vital assessments and passed resolutions affecting the viability of hog raising in terms of providing jobs, livelihood, incomes and safe food for Filipinos.
The three-day convention with the theme: “Agrikulturang Pilipino ay Palakasin . . . Paghahayupan ay Kalingain at Pagyamanin para sa Masagana at Ligtas na Pagkain,” was organized by the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) and the Pork Producers’ Federation of the Philippines Inc. (PROPORK) with the South Cotabato Swine Producers Association Inc. as host organization.
The convention also encouraged the hog sector not only to produce ample food for the people, but to produce ample food that is safe for human consumption.
In 2013, Philippine agriculture posted a 1.15 percent growth, with the livestock and poultry sector contributing 1.75 percent and 4.2 percent, respectively. Both sectors chipped in a combined output of 31 percent to the improved performance of the sector.
The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics reported that the country recorded 2.01 million metric tons (MT) total production of hogs where Region 12 contributed more than 118,000 MT.