Party-List Lawmaker Opposes Pork Imports

PHILIPPINES - Agricultural sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP) party-list Representative Nicanor Briones appealed on Monday, 3 May, to the government to stop the importation of 500,000 metric tons or five million kilos of pork.
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Mr Briones said he is appealing to President Arroyo to stop the importation, since this is not the right time to import pork as a lot of hog raisers will be affected .

The pork importation, which is set to be approved by the Department of Agriculture, allegedly has no tariff in the government, and is due to arrive in the country in the months of June, July and August, according to Mr Briones.

Mr Briones said there will be an oversupply of pork in the country during the said months if the importation pushes through. He also claimed that the hog raisers were not consulted in connection with the said importation.

According to Philstar.com, the lawmaker added that 75 per cent of “backyard raisers” or small-time hog raisers will also be affected by the importation.

“If the small-time hog raisers lose their income , they will surely stop their livelihood business affecting the country’s revenue,” Mr Briones said.

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