Philippine agriculture, for which President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. bears direct primary responsibility, is set to receive a boost from the United States following the launch of a trade mission to the country.
Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley arrived in Manila on Monday, July 18, on a trade mission “to help strengthen ties and build economic partnerships between the United States and the Philippines,” the agency said. United States Embassy in the Philippines.
According to Whitley, the U.S. trade mission to the Philippines “will provide an abundance of opportunity” for both countries as he is confident that “the coming days will yield mutually beneficial results to help expand trade, increase collaboration on key issues impacting agriculture in our two countries and ultimately enhancing food security in the Philippines.
“We have a diverse group of American agribusiness and industry leaders joining us in Manila who can provide local buyers with reliable, high-quality, sustainably produced American food and agricultural products,” said- he declared.
He was joined by representatives from at least 29 US agribusinesses and agricultural organizations and 10 state departments of agriculture, who are interested in exploring export opportunities in the Philippines.
“The Philippines is the eighth largest export market for U.S. food and agricultural products, averaging $3.1 billion over the past five years, and we look forward to increasing sales and meeting to growing Filipino consumer demand for American foods,” he said. also said.
The embassy said Manila-based department staff will arrange business meetings between U.S. trade mission delegates and Filipino companies seeking to import U.S. food and agricultural products.
The mission’s itinerary also includes three memorandums of understanding that aim to launch a funded program to help fight African swine fever in the Philippines, formalize deeper business ties between the Batangas and departments of the US State of Agriculture, and formalizing ties between Mariano Marcos University State and the US Grains Council to support biofuel solutions and climate-smart practices.
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