Philippines to export poultry to EU, Middle East

May. 22, 2007

MANILA — The Philippines’ Agriculture department is currently in talks with representatives of the European Union, Middle East, China and other Southeast Asian economies to allow entry to the country’s chicken exports.

In a statement sent to the media, Agriculture secretary Arthur Yap said the department is doing this in anticipation of better production from the country’s poultry industry.

Yap said that as of now, the department, together with its Chinese counterpart, is now preparing the implementing rules and regulations for the protocols on imports from, and exports of heat-processed poultry meat to, China.

The Agriculture department said it is also assisting exporters in completing the requirements needed to pave the way for the wider entry of Philippine chicken to the European Union, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore and the Middle East.

The Philippine poultry industry currently exports export breeder day-old chicks to Indonesia, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Nepal; processed chicken to Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, Dubai, Korea, Iran, and the Mauritius; and fresh frozen chicken to the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

From 1.206 million metric tons in 2006, poultry production is seen to reach 1.238 million MT in 2007.

According to government data, major poultry production areas include Pangasinan, which is targeted to produce 34,355 MT; Isabela, 23,024 MT; Nueva Vizcaya, 88,904 MT; Quezon, 16,347 MT; and Iloilo, 17, 469 MT.

The poultry industry contributed 9.26 percent to the total value of agriculture, ranking third next to hogs (14.26 percent) and palay (18.3 percent). Its gross value was pegged at P81.96 billion last year.

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