MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a trade mission to the Philippines, which Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator Daniel Whitley will oversee. On July 18, Whitley arrived in Manila, accompanied by representatives from 29 US agribusinesses and agricultural organizations and 10 state departments of agriculture interested in export opportunities in the Philippines.
Within a week of their arrival, U.S. trade mission delegates will meet with local businesses looking to increase their U.S. imports. These meetings will be organized by the FAS office in Manila.
The trade mission will review MoU signing ceremonies, including one to launch a USDA-funded program for the prevention of African swine fever in the Philippines, another to formalize deeper business ties between the province of Batangas and the US State Departments of Agriculture, and a third between Mariano Marcos State University and the US Grains Council to support sustainable practices.
“The USDA Trade Mission to the Philippines will provide many opportunities for the United States and the Philippines,” Whitley said. “I am 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 strengthen food security for 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. 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 the growing demand of Filipino consumers for American foods.