PH to swap seafood, fruits for Russian grains
The Philippines has agreed to supply Russia’s requirements for seafood, fish and fruits in exchange for meat and more grains.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Philippine and Russian agriculture officials in Moscow last April 5 to discuss cooperation on food security and agricultural trade.
The Philippine delegation headed by was headed by Agriculture Undersecretary Dennis Guerrero while the Russian delegation was led by Deputy Minister for Agriculture Sergey Levin.
Guerrero said in exchange for certain meat products from Russia, the Philippines can export seafood, fisheries products and tropical fruits.
Levin said Russia would be happy to keep exporting grains to the Philippines and other foodstuff.
He also responded positively to the Philippines’ inquiries on possible technical cooperation and information exchange on regulation of bio-control agents.
The two sides agreed to expand cooperation and pursue continuing dialogue under the umbrella of the Joint Commission on Technical and Economic Cooperation which was established through an agreement signed by President Aquino and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during the APEC Summit in Manila in November last year.