MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture will have to import three million kilos of chicken from the United States and Canada to avert a shortage during the Christmas season, according to government officials.
During a consultation with government officials and poultry and hog raisers on Tuesday, Senator Manuel Roxas II said there was a consensus that an additional three million kilos of chicken supply would be needed to ease the tight supply in the third quarter of 2007.
Roxas, chair of the Senate committee on trade and commerce, said the country’s chicken supply was disrupted by the “excess importation” of chicken in December 2006.
Due to the excess imported chicken supply and the low demand in the first half of 2007, Roxas said the poultry industry reduced their chicken grow-out capacity, leading to a tight supply in the third quarter.
He said the Department of Agriculture would have to import three million kilos of chicken from the US and Canada by October to avert a shortage during the fourth quarter of 2007.
“We want to make sure that peaks and drops in supply and prices are not extreme,” the senator said. If the country would not import chicken, “the long-term effect would be, by Christmas we would have a shortage of chicken,” he warned.