• DA lauds SKorea support for PH agriculture


    SOUTH KOREA’S market and technical support for Philippine agriculture was recognized by Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Tuesday after the Philippines secured approval from the government of South Korea for the export of poultry products, which could lead to commercial-scale production of organic chicken, the DA said.

    “We can now sell our chicken products to them [South Korea] since the facilities of the San Miguel Corporation have already been approved and the Province of Maguindanao has started ‘Halal’ chicken production,” Piñol said after a meeting with Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin.

    “The chicken can be raised, using commercial rearing facilities, but the feeds are totally organic,” Piñol explained.

    The DA chief said that the all-natural feeds will be formulated by an Islamic engineer, so the products comply with Halal standards.

    During the meeting Piñol also thanked the South Korean government for providing market for other Philippine agricultural commodities sourced primarily in Mindanao such as bananas and pineapples.

    “Investments in Philippine agriculture are very important as it enables us to be competitive with other Asean countries, he explained.

    “We cannot compete with Vietnam and Thailand in terms of production if the government does not give adequate support,” he added.

    He also told the Korean ambassador that with the help of technical personnel he is positive that the country will achieve self-sufficiency in rice in three years.

    Recently, Piñol visited IRRI in Los Baños, Laguna where the country’s top rice farmers, together with rice experts from PhilRice and IRRI, DA regional directors, and NIA directors, shared their best practices.

    While the country’s average yield is 3.9 metric tons (MT) per hectare, the top farmers are able to harvest 8 to 15 MT.


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