AN on-site inspection of vegetable, fruit, hog, poultry and egg farms all over the country has started in preparation for their exportation to Singapore. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said two technical teams from Singapore’s Agriculture and Veterinary Agency (AVA) are conducting the 10-day inspection.
The Quarantine and Inspection Group from AVA is headed by Group Director Dr. Chua Tze Hoong and Dr. Neo He Sheng, senior veterinarian of the Laboratories Group.
Piñol said Singapore CDA Zhou Suli and the AVA team leaders called him yesterday morning prior to their second day inspection of the production facilities.
According to Piñol, the inspection of the Philippine farms is the first step in the planned importation by Singapore of several agricultural commodities from the Philippines.
Among the commodities identified for export to Singapore are: high value vegetables and fruits; pork and processed pork products; dressed chicken and eggs; seafoods, including white shrimps.
Piñol added that last year, following reports that Malaysia was scaling down its exports of poultry and eggs to Singapore, the DA immediately reached out to then Ambassador of Singapore to the Philippines Kok Li Peng to make a formal offer to supply the rich state’s food requirements.
“Ambassador Kok immediately arranged for the visit of an inspection team right after the Chinese New Year so that the proposed production areas of the commodities for export could be inspected,” Piñol said.
Among the facilities to be inspected are the Gemsun Marketing -- an egg layer farm in Batangas; Novoagri, Inc. -- an egg processing in Batangas; Pilmico Layer Farm in Tarlac; Robina Farm No. 23 in Naic, Cavite; Ana’s Breeder Farms in Davao City; Matutum Meat Packing Corp. in Gen. Santos City; fruits and vegetable farms; government quarantine and sanitary facilties.