The trade mission to the Philippines is a success

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USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley recently led a trade mission to the Philippines and says the trip was a success.

“It was really fantastic to connect with our stakeholders, our buyers and our importers. The Philippines is our eighth-largest market for U.S. agricultural and food products, with just over $3 billion annually over the past five years,” he said. “But I have to tell you that after being out there on the pitch, there is a lot of potential to do a lot better. They are very, very interested in strengthening their commercial ties with American agriculture, and there are many opportunities to increase our exports and our presence in the region and, more specifically, as a country.

He said that several products have their attention.

“They were very interested in more soybean meal as they plan to increase their breeding. They were also considering importing more American corn. They have a domestic corn industry, but it needs to be supplemented to meet their domestic needs. , so they thought of corn. They were also looking at more pork products as they rebuilt their own herd of pigs. They were also looking at dairy products. So many of the top products were very competitive and had comparative advantages over compared to many of our competitors in the region.

This story was contributed by NAFB.

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The trade mission to the Philippines is a success

Sabrina Halvorson
National Correspondent / AgNet Media, Inc.

Sabrina Halvorson is an award-winning agricultural journalist, broadcaster and speaker. She hails from the agriculturally rich Central Valley of California.


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