Senator Imee Marcos warned the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) that increasing pork imports may severely hurt the local industry in the Philippines.
The Ilocano politiko issued the warning in a Facebook post on Sunday, February 1, opposing the DA’s plan to raise the minimum access volume of pork imports by s much as three times the present 54,000 metric tons.
“The DA may be overcompensating in its rush to increase imports to reduce consumer prices. It may deal the coup de grace to our pork industry before Vietnam could release a vaccine against African swine fever later this year,” said Marcos.
The senator instead urged DA to hasten its probe into the hoarding of pork products
Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, said the DA should instead speed up its investigation into the hoarding of pork products that may be causing an artificial hike in market prices amid the spread of ASF, particularly in Luzon.