GENERAL Santos City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is targeting to start before yearend the shipment of cut pork meat products from the area to various markets in the Middle East.
John Pascual, DA-12 livestock coordinator, said they are currently finalizing arrangements with the Philippine embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the entry of “pork-in-a-box” products from the region in its key cities.
He said the pork products will be mainly marketed to the estimated one million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are currently deployed in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other cities of the UAE.
Pascual said they have yet to determine the volume of the pork exports as it will depend on the capacity of local producers.
He said the DA’s Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has initially certified eight companies in the region for the planned shipments in November.
The eight pork producers and processors were among the 50 in the area that the BAI subjected to stringent evaluation for compliance with the required standards in the production of export-quality “pork-in-a-box” products, he said.
The official said six of these companies are based in this city while the two others are located in nearby South Cotabato. mindanews