THE ministers and high-level officials from the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) and Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) expressed interest on the development of the BIMP-Eaga cattle industry during the concluded 4th Darwin Dialogue held last April 27, 2016 at the Darwin Convention Centre in Australia.
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes Jr., who is one of the representatives of the Philippines in the dialogue said, that possible complementation will allow players from the Philippines and Eaga to study and replicate the best practices of NT’s cattle industry.
Australia is known for its well-developed cattle industry and the country is considered as one of the world’s largest exporters of quality livestock. It exported more than 1.2 million heads of live beef cattle in 2014 valued at over P47.7 billion FOB.
Darwin is the country’s largest live export port with shipments that reached more than 541,000 heads in the same year.
“We can benchmark the best practices of Australia that can be possibly implemented in the Philippine settings,” Reyes said.
During the dialogue, the Philippine delegation recommended possible partnerships in the establishment of training centers within Eaga on breeding, pasture management, abattoir operations, and marketing.
The move is seen to facilitate exchange of technology among the Eaga member countries and NT.
Meanwhile, the well-supported supply chain study is seen to complement the initiatives under the Plan of Action for BIMP-EAGA and Northern Territory Cooperation for 2016-2020 which identified priority areas of cooperation which include education, trade and investment, tourism, agriculture, connectivity, and health.