The BusinessWorld reports the Philippines government has set a tax subsidy to encourage more pork imports to cover shortages but producers say it’s not needed.

Storms and diseases last year cut the pork supply and a dry spell remains. Philippines President Gloria M. Arroyo signed an Executive Order last April authorizing the Food Terminal Inc. to auction off rights to import pork with a tax subsidy. Wth the subsidy in place the government pays the costs of duties and taxes for imported pork.

Pork producers say demand has decreased and there’s no need to import additional pork. The

A total of 5,000 metric tons of pork could be imported until June 30. Albert R. T. Lim Jr., president of the Pork Producers Federation said his group was never contacted to determine a need for additional pork and he says the added supply will hurt producers.

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