PH to buy more beef from Argentina, Brazil, USA
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that Argentina will soon start exporting quality beef to the Philippines as three companies have recently been accredited as qualified meat exporters by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
According to Piñol, beef imports from the US will also be encouraged because of America’s favourable trade incentives to Philippine agricultural producers.
At the same time, a team from the Philippines is also flying to Brazil to undertake a validation of the sanitary and photo sanitary protocols being implemented by meat exporting companies following reports of the presence of salmonella in some exported meat to the Philippines.
Brazil is the second biggest country in terms of cattle population with 213 million cattle and a population of 200 million.
“The Agriculture Department will be working closely with the Argentinian and Brazilian cattle sectors for the implementation of programs which would result in the increase of the Philippine cattle population from 2.5 million now to 5 million by the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte,” Piñol said.