Argentina’s agroindustry minister to visit PH to firm up trade deals
Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said Argentina’s Minister of Agroindustry Jorge Buryaile is planning to visit the Philippines next year to firm up trade deals they have discussed last week.
Piñol made a sidetrip to Argentina after the APEC agriculture meetings last week and visited a silo facility.
His meeting with Buryaile was the first high level engagement of cabinet officials of the two countries, Piñol said.
Argentina is looking to export grains silo bags, mobile and stationary grains dryers and equipment to the Philippines and is looking to buy canned tuna, tropical fruits such as pineapple and papaya, bananas, organic rice, and coconut chips among others from the Philippines.
According to Piñol, the agreements discussed between him and Buryaile were:
1. Export by Argentina of beef, farm machineries, grains silo bags and animal feed materials, including frozen embryos of Brahman-Angus for meat and a cross of Holstein and Gyr dairy cattle called Girolando.
2. Export by the Philippines of dried fruits, canned or packed mixed tropical fruits, canned tuna, vacuum-packed Bangus, additional volume of carageenan, coconut chips, coconut sugar, coconut water and cavendish bananas, including frozen Saba
Piñol said trade between the Philippines and Argentina is presently tilted in favour of the latter.