PH chicken allowed entry to South Korea
South Korea is now importing dressed chicken and other Philippine products, including new commodities like yellow corn, okra and avocado.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said South Korean Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Kim Jae-soo told him during their bilateral talk that South Korea has already allowed the entry of Philippine dressed chicken.
Piñol said three Philippine poultry producers, including Bounty Fresh, have been accredited by South Korea as exporters.
He said dressed chicken in supermarkets in South Korea is now priced at about $5 per kilo or P250 because of the new strains of bird flu that forced authorities to cull about 30,000 chickens, causing a shortage in the supply of eggs, chicken and ducks.
Piñol said he also asked Kim to lower the tariff for major Philippine products like banana, mango and pineapple, which are levied up to 35 percent tariff.
For his part, Kim asked Piñol to allow the entry of South Korean strawberries into Philippines, where there is a huge demand.