Meat prices to hike in the Philippines due to multiple bans
Multiple bans imposed by the Filipino government for German pork and poultry imports from Brazil and Australia may result in a hike of prices by the end of the year, according to experts consulted by the Manilla Bulletin newspaper. An official from the Meat Importers and Traders Association (MITA) said this as the Department of Agriculture (DA) signed an order reminding local traders and importers that importation of pork products coming from Germany is still not allowed after the European country reported its first case of African Swine Fever (ASF).
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said DA finalized the memo that will reiterate the country’s import ban on pork from Germany due to ASF. In June last year, German pork products have been banned for several months due to a batch of Polish pork mixed in a shipment sent to the Philippines. "Due to rising cases of ASF in the Philippines and amid the import bans on poultry meat coming from different countries, pork and poultry products may be costlier during the Christmas season," said Jesus Cham, President of MITA. Also, the southeast Asian country has placed a ban on poultry arriving from Germany, Brazil and Australia. That could easily increase the prices in some regions in the Philippines. Local consumption of pork is 15 kilograms per capita per month, while it is 8.2 kilograms per capita per month for chicken.
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