Poul­try group says chicken im­ports hurt­ing lo­cal grow­ers

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A poul­try group ex­pressed dis­may at the in­flux of im­ported chicken in the coun­try, say­ing it has caused the lo­cal in­dus­try huge losses.

Atty. Jose In­ciong, pres­i­dent of the United Broiler Rais­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion, on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, said "record­high" chicken im­ports have hurt the lo­cal in­dus­try.

"Du'n sa im­por­ta­syon, lalo kam­ing nasak­tan, lalo kam­ing lu­mu­lubog... Sim­ula nung Septem­ber marami nang nalugi," In­ciong said in an in­ter­view.

"Nu'ng Au­gust may pro­posal na gaw­ing zero ang tar­iff ng la­hat ng agri­cul­tural prod­ucts. Ti­nang­gal ang spe­cial safe­guards un­der WTO [World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion] na meron ang manok kaya maram­ing naka­pa­sok na im­ported," he said.

"Marami na 'yung lo­cal [sup­ply], nadagda­gan pa ng im­ported," In­ciong added.

The prices of chicken may have de­creased, he said, but con­sumers did not ben­e­fit.

"Gi­na­gawang bayani ng mga ekonomista ang im­por­ta­syon... Hindi na­man nakin­a­bang ang mga mamim­ili," In­ciong said.

He added that econ­o­mists should have asked the lo­cal sec­tor first on how to ad­dress the ef­fects of in­fla­tion rather than im­ple­ment­ing zero tar­iff on chicken im­ports.

In­ciong said UBRA will have an emer­gency meet­ing to dis­cuss the mat­ter fur­ther.

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Atty. Jose In­ciong, pres­i­dent of the United Broiler Rais­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion, says "record-high" chicken im­ports have hurt the lo­cal in­dus­try.

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