Gov't eyes eight new markets for poultry products
Davao City (20 September) -- The government is eyeing eight new markets for poultry products and make poultry production among its pump priming programs. The other new priority programs include mining and the retirement industry
Agriculture (DA) Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban in a statement said President Arroyo expressed pride of the poultry industry which is still free of bird flu or avian influenza that has affected many countries especially in Asia.
The President is optimistic on the further rise in exports for poultry products this year and the primary market is Japan where it used to buy 100,000 metric tons of chicken from Thailand before it was hit by bird flu.
New prospective destinations include China, Malaysia, Angola, Mozambique, Canada, Singapore and Europe.
In 2005, a total of US $7 million worth of frozen and semi-processed chicken including duck meat and eggs were exported Japan, US, Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Brighter prospects in export are in store for the poultry industry as the country continues to successfully parry bird flu.
Concerted efforts with other satellite government agencies with DA as lead agency has been going on to seal the country from entry of the disease.
The Task Force Avian Flu up to this time continues to watch closely the wetlands where 20 sites had been identified.
Regulatory services are in place including continuing advocacy that already reached up to the barangay level.
In Davao Region, government veterinarian Elvira Olegario of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI XI) said there is ongoing monitoring in wetland areas in Carmen, Davao del Norte, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental, and Malalag, Davao del Sur.
She said blood sampling is done regularly and some 30 samples are taken in priority areas.
As of August this year, the DA through BAI based on a national figure collected more than 6,000 blood samples and more than 1,800 cloacal swabs from native game fowls, chickens, ducks from 15 regions, 50 provinces, 115 municipalities and 210 barangays and yielded negative results of the disease. (PIA XI/pdbanzon) [top]