Poultry exporters should take advantage of the country's 'bird flu-free' status-A A +A
Thursday, December 12, 2013
A BUSINESS leader said yesterday that local exporters should embark on exporting poultry products while taking advantage of the country's "bird flu-free status."
"Here in the Asean, we do not really have a competition since the rest of Asean is infected with bird flu," Mindanao Business Council chair Vicente T. Lao told reporters Monday.
However, he said the only problem is nobody has taken advantage of the country's status as a bird flu-free nation.
Reports earlier cited Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag as saying that the country is still free from bird flu, even from the newest strain of virus called H7N9.
Lao said, for instance, one of Thailand's biggest poultry producing company is trying to come in to the Philippines to grow poultry for export.
"We have to develop this industry in the country," he said, adding that the initial shipment of 50 metric tons of duck meat to Japan this month is one of such steps to develop the exporting industry for poultry products.
He added that Japan usually imports from Europe and South America.
"It is not easy to get out if we are labeled as bird flu-infected country. Since we are still free of it, we should take advantage of that," Lao said.
Since April this year, the importation of poultry and poultry products from China has been banned in the wake of H7N9 outbreak.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 12, 2013.