Philippine pork exports to Singapore expected
The Philippines will likely start exporting pork
products to Singapore by the yearend, the head of the Livestock Development
Council said yesterday. Importers from Singapore and the local exporter
involved are still talking about pork prices, said Victor C. Atienza, assistant
director of the Bureau of Animal Industry.
Last April, Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of
Singapore approved accreditation for Polomolok, South Cotabato-based Matutum
Meat Packing Corp. to export beef, mutton, pork cuts and poultry products.
Matutum has invested around P200 million to ensure that its meat processing
plant meets Singapore's exacting standards.
"If we can sell to
Singapore, we can penetrate other Asian markets, because Singapore has more
stringent requirements," Carlos B. Mendoza, officer-in-charge executive director
of the Livestock Development Council said. "If we can create demand [from other
countries], we can also expand selling poultry and other products."
bureau also eyes exporting to Hong Kong and countries of the European Union.
Singapore's stringent requirements include an assurance that choice pork
cuts are free from banned chemicals and veterinary drug residues. "[This
development] will be a big incentive for swine farmers to produce more clean and
safe meat. They will follow standards set by Singapore even for local
consumption," Mendoza said. Click here for the free Pig
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