Cebu Pork Gains Entry Into Singapore Market

SINGAPORE - Pork from Cebu and the entire Visayas has gained entry into Singapore and by June or July this year Philippines will begin for the first time exporting pork, an industry official said.
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"We're very excited that we are finally exporting our pork products. This has been the industry's dram from the start," Albert Lim Jr., President of the National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc., said in a press statement.

Lim said the volume of pork export from the Visayas will be supplemented by pork from Mindanao.

Lim said the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) International des Epizoories that Visayas and Mindanao are foot-and-mouth disease-free spurred Singapore's confidence in the country's pork quality and drew the two countries into signing an export agreement.

The OIE is an international animal health organization that was established in 1924 to help countries coordinate animal disease information and decrease the potential for epidemics.

Department of Agriculture (DA) 7 Executive Director Eduardo Lecciones said that with the WHO's declaration, Visayas and Mindanao have outclassed Luzon hog farms, which are yet to be certified free from the disease.

Source: Balita

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