THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is looking at the possibility of establishing a one-stop-shop for export processing of agricultural produce in Mindanao.
The move came after the Mindanao business community through the recently concluded 24th Business Conference (Minbizcon) 2015 last September 2, to 3, 2015 in Dipolog City adopted a resolution urging the agriculture department to establish the facility.
"Once a resolution is given to us, automatically pinag-aaralan po natin yan, hahanapan ng feasibility study and an economic return ng proposal. Kapag may nakita po kaming potential at pag-asa ay isasama po namin sa susunod na budget deliberation," DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said.
The business sector has pushed for corridors strategy that will enable Mindanao to be connected and globally competitive economy.
Once realized, the facility will capacitate and fast-track the long process of exportation.
The Philippines is on track of securing agricultural products accreditation especially in meat, poultry and livestock exportation accreditation from importing countries.
The agriculture attaché in charge for the whole Asean market, Anna Abuela, said earlier that the country is pushing for the Philippines' poultry and livestock products entry to the market of Malaysia and Indonesia in a bid to boost the country’s potentials in exportation.
"As linkages with other countries already exist like in Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam where we already have an accreditation, we are now expanding our reach in Indonesia and Malaysia," Abuela said.
She emphasized that the most challenging part of securing an export accreditation is the stringent in requirements and qualifications set by the importing countries.