nearly seven percent to a record-high volume of 691,462.564 metric tons (MT) last year due to the growing demand of Filipino consumers for processed meat products.
Data released by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) showed that total purchase of meat abroad last year surpassed the 646,503.7 MT recorded in 2016.
BAI data indicated that the bulk of the country’s meat imports were pork, accounting for about 44.18 percent of the total volume purchased last year.
Pork imports in 2017 posted the highest increment, expanding by 10.65 percent to 305,479.806 MT, from the 2016 record of 276,066.999 MT.
Unlike backyard-raised pigs, those that are raised in modern farms like those in Excelsior are nurtured with the aid of technology including genetic approaches, among other innovations.