News last update:6 Aug 2012

Philippines may authorise feed imports

Philippine Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap considers endorsing the duty-free import of between 200,000 and 500,000 tonnes of yellow maize for animal feed.

"I am about to consider it," Yap told a news conference, adding the details would be announced on Tuesday. The plan also needed the approval of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Sources said last week that feed millers, poultry and livestock farmers were in talks with government to import up to 400,000 tonnes of yellow maize, with half of the volume arriving around June or July.

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