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TURNOVER CEREMONY. Outgoing regional director Ma. Gloria A. Tango (2nd from right) and assistant regional director Joel M. Gonzales (rightmost) of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 handed the ISO certification to incoming regional director Chona M. Mantilla and assistant regional director Yahya “Yang” A. Centi on January 30, 2012 during the turnover of command of DOLE 12. Mantilla assumes as regional director on February 1. (DED/RTLacibal/PIA12)

PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dubai market for processed pork products eyed

by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Jan, 19 (PIA) -- Processed pork products from Socssksargen Region or Region 12 could soon be exported to United Arab Emirates where the same products can also be sold to other countries, an official of the Department of Agriculture said.

Evelyn Jaruda, feeds and veterinary drugs control officer of DA-12, said that initial shipment destination of “pork-in-a-box” will be to Dubai City.

Dubai City, she said, offers a potential market for meat products because of the large population of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there . Residents of the city also include other nationalities such as Indians who also include pork meat in their diet.

She explained, as an open city, Dubai allows entry of pork products.

On January 3, DA-12 organized a meeting between local hog raisers and the country’s agriculture attaché to Dubai City, along with DA’s national director for agribusiness and marketing, to inform the local hog industry of “this major potential.”

Jaruda did not name both officials of DA.

“This month, we will start sending samples of processed meat to Dubai,” she said, to determine if local products pass the requirements of the market partner in Dubai.

This partner, she said, could also facilitate marketing of the products to other countries.

“This means that demand for our processed meat products is really large,” she said . She, however, confirmed that initial volume of pork-in-a-box to be exported has not been set.

Jaruda added that they have already accredited several hog farms in General Santos City, Koronadal City and other parts of South Cotabato, which may provide the initial products for export.

“We are also looking into linking this opportunity with our backyard hog raisers,” she said.

DA and the Bureau of Animal Industry will work together in assuring that the local livestock industry are able to cope with the market demands and market standards, she said.

Jaruda also said that the meat products that will be exported to Dubai will come from surplus production.

If the agreement pushes through, Soccsksargen Region will be the first to export processed pork meat to Dubai.

Local market of pork products from Soccsksargen Region include Davao City, Davao Oriental, Caraga, Cebu, Leyte, Samar, and Manila. (PIA 12)

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