Filipino pork producers look at small farms as their next suppliers
The Philippines is struggling to save its pig sector from the ongoing ASF outbreak and one solution may come from large companies. So far, two of those have agreed that small farms with increased biosecurity measures, acting like permanent suppliers, may represent a solution for the future.
As bans on the transportation of live pigs, pork, and pork products remain in place across the country due to the African Swine Fever, Monterey, a national player, has found the situation challenging, which made it decide to shift gears and transfer inventories to local raisers. The company is not the only one that sees a solution in transferring some of its operations to small producers across the country.
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) food unit San Miguel Foods (SMF) is also looking to transfer its nationwide hog inventory and facilities to local raisers to allow them to supply the requirements of their respective regions and help strengthen biosecurity practices among smallholder farmers. "We want to provide our local piggery businesses a chance to thrive in these trying times and encourage more smallholder farmers to grow this industry locally and responsibly. This is one way to stabilize the supply of affordable pork in the country. More importantly, it will help boost the local hog-raising industry. They can run this business at a lower cost, making it more sustainable. This also opens the doors for more Filipinos to become agri-entrepreneurs," explained SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang.
Several provinces in the country have seen a spike in pork meat prices due to the deficit reported in the local market. Currently, the Philippines decided to allow more pork imports in the country to reduce the prices.