DON’T look now, but Philippine agricultural products, including pork, chicken and eggs, will soon be sold in Singapore markets, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
This, after the two countries agreed to fast-track their trading negotiations, a welcome news in this impoverished nation, where farmers comprise the bulk of the population.
In a meeting with Ambassador to the Philippines Kok Li Peng, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol presented samples of products which could be exported to Singapore.
The products included carrots from Talakag, Bukidnon which, along with the towns of Impasugong, Somilao and Lantapan, is one of the country’s new vegetable-producing areas.
The trading talks will allow the export of pork, chicken, eggs, vegetables and shrimps to Singapore by early next year, said the DA secretary during his Christmas call on the envoy.
Li Peng, on the other hand, described the Philippine offer to export agricultural products to his country as “very timely.
The ambassador said Singapore is currently looking for new sources of food products other than Malaysia, which is its traditional supplier of agricultural goods.
Reports said that Singapore was looking for new suppliers of chicken and egg because Malaysia was scaling down on its exports to the former.
Like the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, both importers of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), are members of the highly-influential Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Without doubt, the export of Philippine agricultural products to Singapore is good news in the country, where farmers and fishermen comprise the bulk of the English-speaking population.