Philippine swine producers plan export group
Swine producers in Mindanao are working to form an
industry organisation to oversee their foray into foreign markets, beginning
with Singapore. Emilio V. Escobillo, Jr., president of the South Cotabato Swine
Producers Association, said at least five swine farms in Mindanao have been
accredited by the government to ship fresh frozen cut pork parts abroad.
"Since we are trying to enter a new
market, we are seriously looking at the establishment of an umbrella group to
sustain the trading of pork meat outside the country," he said in an interview.
Cathy M. Romero, sales and marketing manager of Matutum Meat Packing
Corp., said in a separate interview that the country's pioneer pork export "has
taken off ground recently."
Matutum Meat is the only pork processing
firm in the country that has been accredited by the Agri-Food and Veterinary
Authority of Singapore. "But the pork shipment hasn't arrived there yet," Romero
said, declining to elaborate.
Matutum Meat, a sister firm of Cebu-based
Sunpride Foods, Inc. which produces Holiday and Sunpride canned goods, has
invested around P200 million to upgrade its slaughtering facility in
neighbouring Polomolok town in South Cotabato. Shipping records
Raquel T. Cortez, Jr.,
Philippine Port Authority statistician at the Makar wharf here, said there is no
record of pork shipment bound for Singapore although Matutum Meat has been
shipping to Manila frozen cut pork parts. Cleofe P. Virtodazo, an official of
the National Animal Quarantine stationed at the Makar wharf here, said that
samples of pork products processed by Matutum Meat were sent to Singapore for
laboratory testing last month.
Escobillo cited the need to consolidate
the efforts of accredited swine farms, citing the heavy cost of production and
shipment, noting that a refrigerated container van, carrying 600 to 700 heads,
would cost some P4 million to P5 million. Click here for
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