Mindanao products penetrate Middle East market
Three Mindanao products are on its way to penetrating the global market as the Department of Agriculture was able to facilitate trial shipments mango, banana and calamansi to Dubai.
Meat products are expected to follow suit as more firms bat to secure halal certification.
In a report by Sunstar, Undersecretary Janet M. Lopoz, executive director of Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) said that the DA in Socksargen was able to facilitate a trial shipment of the mango Rickson Olympus in November last year followed by another ton of mango and two boxes of bananas from General Santos and Tampakan town in South Cotabato.
A month after, 1.5 tons of fresh calamansi from Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato were shipped to Dubai.
The next target is to export meat products like pork in a box and Pekin duck to the Middle East.
“In Dubai, demand for agri products such as poultry and livestock is very huge and we are capable to supply that as a group,” Jonathan Suy, president of Ana’s Breeders Farm Inc., said.
“We will be exporting soon but what we are doing is we want to make sure things to be smooth first para tuloy-tuloy na, that is our long term plan, we want to ensure that the facility is that efficient before we go on full exportation,” Suy said.
Ana’s Breeders is currently establishing a Halal slaughterhouse complex which is targeted to be operational this year.
Meanwhile, Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures from Davao, which is the only Pekin duck producer in the country is also gunning to penetrate the Middle East market.
As a positive sign, it has already secured Halal accreditation from the Dubai Ministry of Environment Water last December.
“We are the first company in Mindanao to get the accreditation from the Dubai Ministry of Environment Water, which means the halal certification which they issued to me can be accepted in the Middle East. We can export to Dubai, and countries like Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar and Oman,” Vicente T. Lao, Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures Corp. president said.