Resolutions | Livestock and Poultry Workshop
Strengthen local production, not importation!
Calls regarding the problems in pork and chicken industries, and strengthening of its local production.
1. Stop excessive importation. Stop the increase of the Minimum Access Volume and the lowering of tariffs for pork and chicken meat. Implement product tagging in the markets to identify local and imported products.
2. Enough subsidy for the toiling masses. P10,000 monthly aid for farmers, families experiencing extreme poverty, and those who lost their source of income or are experiencing a reduction in their income. Indemnification of P10,000 for every pig affected by the African Swine Fever. Implement a waiver of rental fees for small vendors.
3. Significant subsidies and farming support, not debt. P15,000 subsidy for farmers, including hog and poultry raisers. The Department of Agriculture shall fulfill the promised P30 transport subsidy per kilo of pork. Provide a subsidy for affordable feeds.
Provide support for corn growers and other feed ingredients and those in feed production. Develop the entire local pork and poultry value chain, including small feed to medium processors. Full development of the countryside.
There should be no price freeze on the product without adequate aid and subsidies.
4. Adequate funding for the development of Filipino agriculture. Enact SHIELD and/or Bayanihan 3 with adequate allocation to agriculture, food, and livestock and poultry. Earmark the tariff on pork and poultry for the development of its local industries. Increase the DA budget. Allocate at least P5 billion for the revitalization of the local livestock and poultry industry, with emphasis on small farmers. Make sure small farmers benefit from them, and it doesn’t go to corruption.
Develop a National Data and Information System on agriculture to guide the development of policies in line with reality.
5. Deal reasonably with ASF. Launch comprehensive testing, tracing, monitoring and surveillance, not just pig slaughter. Intensify biosecurity protocols. Establish border inspection facilities and thoroughly check imported meat products coming into the country. Ensure proper storage and handling of transported products. Mobilize and strengthen the local veterinary workforce.
6. Form and support livestock and poultry raiser associations. Ensure the active participation of small farmers and livestock and poultry raisers in developing policies on agriculture and the livestock industry from local to national government.
Launch a comprehensive education and information campaign on the importance of appropriate development of agriculture and the livestock and poultry sector.
7. Stop agricultural liberalization. The World Trade Organization should not be the primary consideration in formulating government policies. Instead, emphasis should be placed on strengthening Filipino farmers and the country's overall food system. #