More feed mills needed in the Philippines
More feed mills are needed in the two Philippine island groups of Visayas and Mindanao in order to reduce the cost of meat in these regions, according to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)
According to Dr Angel Mateo, officer in charge of the Animal Feeds Standards Division (AFSD) of the BAI, there are very few feed mills in the Visayas and Mindanao, and this is the reason meat prices there are high.
In total there are 1,730 feed manufacturers in the Philippines, all located in Central Luzon and the NCR, which means feed prices in Visayas and Mindanao are higher due to transport costs.
“There is a need for more feedmills in Region 8 [Eastern Visayas] and the ARMM [Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao],” said Mateo. “ARMM needs more investments for the production of halal feed or those with no pork component like lard.”
Mateo noted that investments in the feed industry are hindered by the lack of land since large areas have been converted for other purposes and not agricultural production.
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