Philippines hoping to start pork exports
Being no pork exporting country as yet, the Philippines is hoping to make its
first steps into the world of pork trade.
Main target has to be Japan, Philippine agriculture secretary Arthur Yap
The US, the European Union, Mexico, Russia also have to be
supplied with Philippine pork and pork products before the end of the year -
just like other Asian countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South
Processed pork items include luncheon
meat, spam, pork and beans, lechon paksiw, pork adobo, sisig, chili con carne
and bistik tagalong.
The Philippines' can export pork and pork
products now the 2005 Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD) has completely been
The country is now awaiting certification by the Animal
Health Organization (OIE) of being free of
Altogether, the Philippine hog industry
is expected to grow 3.5% only this year.
The pork industry
contributes about 39% to the country's total livestock production; last year,
its value was estimated at Philippine peso 126.54 billion (€2.04
â€¢ World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
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