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Argentina seen as export destination for, microwavable saba, other PH agri products

Argentina may soon be a destination for Philippine agricultural products including canned tuna, coconut sugar, organic rice and bananas, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.

Piñol, in a Facebook post Saturday, said Argentina “expressed interest” in opening up its market for such products.

“If it is possible for you to ship your bananas to Argentina, this country would be a big market,” he quoted Jorge Buryaile, Minister of Agroindustry of Argentina, as telling him in a meeting Friday

During the meeting, Pinol said, he had told the Argentina official about the Philippines’ frozen microwavable Saba bananas, which he said are now a hit in the United States.

He said Buryaile indicated Argentina would be “interested to explore the prospects of importing agricultural products from the Philippines, including bananas of different varieties.”

Argentina consumes 450,000 metric tons of cavendish bananas every year, 90 percent of the supply coming from Ecuador, Pinol said.

He added Argentina has a population of 40 million people and has over 50 million cattle.

However, Pinol said the only concern expressed was how long it would take the banana container ships from Mindanao to reach Argentina – about 30 days.

Meanwhile, Pinol said Buryaile expressed interest in importing from the Philippines canned tuna, semi-processed fish products, canned tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya, coconut chips, banana chips and organic rice produced in the Cordilleras and North Cotabato.

“Argentina is currently one of the major sources of fruits like apple and grapes, soybean cake, animal feeds and machineries in heavy volume while the Philippines is exporting carageenan, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and minor items,” he said.

He added the present balance of trade is tilted heavily in favour of Argentina, even as they seek the approval of their request to export beef and cattle embryo to the Philippines.

Pinol also said Buryaile indicated he would like to visit the Philippines early next year to firm up the trade agreements.

Argentina is also looking forward to export to the Philippines grains silo bags, mobile and stationary grains dryers and equipment for the grains silo bags operation.


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