Agriculture produce from the country will soon hit Singapore shores as the first world city-state is currently considering the Philippines as a potential source of vegetables, fruits, hog, poultry, eggs, and seafood.
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that the Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority has recently embarked on a 10-day on-site inspection in various farms in Batangas, Cavite, General Santos, and Davao.
The AVA’s Quarantine and Inspection Group is composed of Dr. Chua Tze Hoong, as the Group Director, and Dr. Neo He Sheng, senior veterinarian of the Laboratories Group.
The AVA will inspect the following facilities; Gemsun Marketing’s egg layer farm and Novoagri, Inc’s egg processing, both of which are located in Batangas; Pilmico’s Layer Farm in Tarlac; Robina Farm No. 23 in Naic, Cavite; Ana’s Breeder Farms in Davao City; and Matututm Meat Packing Corporation, in Gen. Santos City, and others.
According to the Agriculture Secretary, the inspection of the Philippine farms is the first step in Singapore’s plan of importing several agricultural commodities from the Philippines.
Aside from inspecting the farms, the Singapore team will also look into the Philippine government’s quarantine and sanitary facilities.
A new Singapore team coming in May
Another delegation from Singapore is expected to visit the country in May to formalize the start of the Philippines’ export of commodities.
Among the commodities for export to Singapore are high-value vegetables and fruits; pork and processed pork products; dressed chicken and eggs; and seafood, including white shrimps.
The DA, in turn, will hold a Philippine Agri-Aqua Food Show in Singapore next month to showcase the country’s best products to a market largely dependent on imported products.
After Malaysia reduced its export, Piñol said that Singapore has started looking for other countries to supply its 6 million citizens with agricultural products. The DA reached out to former Ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines, Kok Li Peng, to formally offer to supply the food requirements of the state.