Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said meat smugglers are “robbing” the local meat industry.
The Ilocos Norte politiko said the “rampant large-scale smuggling of agricultural products” are stealing from local growers and farmers.
“Smuggling or illicit trade of agricultural products is a major constraint to economic growth, and it affects job creation in rural areas, where majority of our poor Filipinos reside,” Marcos said.
“The government should fully implement RA 10845 to protect our farmers and local industries from unscrupulous traders and economic saboteurs engaged in large-scale smuggling of agri products,” she added.
Marcos also urged the Bureau of Customs and the Department of Agriculture to prevent the entry of imported meat contaminated with the African swine fever.
remain vigilant against the entry of imported meat from countries with incidence of African swine fever.
“Customs agents must look out for the possible entry of meat products from countries affected by the African swine fever. These products pose serious health hazards to our people and can potentially hurt our local meat industry further,” she said.