Philippine chicken exporters cashing in on Japanese demand
Cashing in on Japan's peak demand for the period, Philippine poultry
exports have resumed shipments with the delivery of 9 metric tons, an industry
Cleared of the deadly avian
flu, Philippine poultry exporters led by agribusiness firm San Miguel
Foods have shipped to Japan a 20-cubic foot container van filled with
frozen deboned chicken fillet and other choice cuts, according to Philippine
Poultry Exporters Board chair Ruben Pascual.
"For the next three
months, there will be a deluge in demand in Japan and we hope to take advantage
of this opportunity," Pascual said.
He said other accredited
member-companies from the Philippine Association of Broiler Integrators (Pabi),
like RFM Swift Foods, Tyson Agro Ventures, Universal Robina and Vitarich Corp,
are bullish on their export prospects in Japan, which requires 100,000 metric
tons of chicken a year.
After learning that Philippine poultry is
free of the H5N1 - the lethal avian flu strain - Japan's Ministry of
Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry gave the go-signal for Philippine companies to
export chicken products.
Local companies are now upgrading their
facilities to cope with the anticipated huge demand in the coming years, Pascual
Philippine poultry exporters are now seeking similar
accreditations from Hong Kong and South Korean authorities.
also said that local companies may soon export to Middle Eastern countries as
companies are working on their Halal accreditation.
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