Philippines welcomes UK pig producers
Pig producers now have an important new market as the Philippines has re-opened its market to the UK.
The market had been closed since the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2007 and never formally re-opened.
Work by BPEX and Defra helped fast-track the approval from the country's veterinary authorities.
BPEX International Manager Peter Hardwick said: "This has all happened in the last four weeks and already two or three consignments have been exported.
"The Philippines is a very important market for the fifth quarter and offals and we have hopes the trade will grow rapidly.
"Fifth quarter is particularly important as it has a low value here - in some cases even a disposal cost - while it can command good prices in some overseas markets."
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