Philippine’s Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar has issued an import ban on domestic and wild birds and their products including meat, day-old chicks, eggs, and even semen from the Netherlands, South Korea, and the French regions of Corsica, Ile-de-France, Aquitaine, Pays de la Loire, and Midi-Pyrenees, as these countries have all been declared as hot spots for the highly pathogenic H5N7 avian influenza.
“There is a need to prevent the entry of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus to protect the health of the local poultry population,” he said.
The corresponding Agriculture ministries of the aforementioned countries notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that many of their provinces have confirmed the detection of this highly pathogenic AI, thus encouraging Mr. Dar’s decision to impose these bans.
According to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), the Philippines imported 402.70 million kilograms of chicken in 2020, of which 30.9% (or 124.27 million kgs) came from The Netherlands, and 2.2% (or 8.89 million kgs) from France. However no data was revealed in regards to imports coming in from South Korea.
Jesus C. Cham, president of the Meat Importers and Traders Association expressed that the recent bans are unfortunate, stating in a phone message that “We are already experiencing a shortage of supply so it does not help. We can deduce (supply) from the price of chicken — if the price is high, then it indicates a shortage.”
In a virtual briefing Tuesday, Agriculture Assistant Secretary William C. Medrano said the supply of broiler chickens is sufficient.
“We have enough supply. The country is more than self-sufficient when it comes to broiler supply. We have a surplus on a quarterly basis, equivalent to 11 days to 14 days per quarter,” Mr. Medrano said.
He further added that “The demand for chicken increased since the price of pork has gone up. Consumers opted to buy chicken, which then resulted in higher broiler prices”.
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