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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.

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