Philippines welcomes UK pig producers

17-06-2010 | |

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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