Local hog, poultry raisers want incentives from gov't

April 8, 2013 10:28 pm 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 8 — Local hog and poultry raisers here urged the government to apprise them of the incentives they could possibly enjoy like those enjoyed by investors from other countries.

Stakeholders in the hog and poultry industry issued the challenge in reaction to the government’s issuance of a seven-year tax holiday grant to Charoen Pokphand, a Thai-owned livestock company, that now operates in Luzon.

Board of Investments (BOI) Executive Director Lucita Reyes confirmed that the Charoen Pokphand Inc., the Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corp., (CPFPC) has leased parcels of lands in the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Bataan where the CPFPC project sites are located.

Lawyer Elias Inciong, vice president of the United Broilers and Raisers Associations (UBRA), criticized the government for allowing foreign investors easy access to the local markets without first establishing measures that will enable the local industry players to meet the competition.

Reyes, on the other hand, explained that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) implements a Shared Service Facilities Program designed to support the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Reyes said with a current allocation of P700 million, the program provides MSMEs farm equipment and machinery they need such as drying and cold storage facilities to improve local production capabilities and the competitiveness of the local products.

Supporting Reyes’ statement, Dr. Ramos Clarete, Dean of the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics, said the entry of CPFPC into the local livestock business would promote competition among local industry players that will benefit the country and the consumers.

Meanwhile, officials of the National Federation of Hog Farmers, the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines, Association of Philippine Aqua Feeds Millers, and Sorosoro Ibaba Development Cooperative, hog and poultry raiser groups, and representatives of Abono, Agham and AGAP partylist groups have asked the Supreme Court to nullify the government’s decision to grant tax incentives to the Thai food company as a pioneering venture, branding it as “unlawful, whimsical and capricious.”

The petitioners also asked the Supreme Court to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the BOI from granting Charoen Pokphand privileges that include a seven-year income tax holiday. (PNA)

LAP/CD/NELSON V. CONSTANTINO/UTB

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