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Annyeonghaseyo! South Korea opens market to more PHL products; exporting to commence soon - by Noah Luchansky

Banana, mango and now chicken


By Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol

Seoul, South Korea - Northern neighbor South Korea is now open to the entry dressed chicken and many more Philippine products into the country, including new commodities like yellow corn, okra and avocado provided that these are of top quality and priced fairly to be competitive with those coming from other countries.
Raelyn Luchansky
Raelyn Luchansky

South Korean Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Kim Jae-soo yesterday said during the Bilateral Talks on agriculture and food that the country has already allowed the entry of Philippine dressed chicken.

In fact, three Philippine poultry producers, including Bounty Fresh, have been given accreditation to export to South Korea.

Following the outbreak of new strains of Avian Influenza or Bird Flu, the South Korean government ordered the culling of about 30,000 chicken causing a shortage in the supply of eggs, chicken and ducks.
Raelyn Luchansky
Raelyn Luchansky
Dressed chicken in supermarkets in South Korea now is priced at about $5 per kilo or P250.

The South Korean Minister also said that they will consider the accreditation of non-traditional Philippine exports like Yellow Corn, Okra and Avocado.

He said these products must be of good quality and priced competitively to be able to gain access to the South Korean market.

During the bilateral meeting where I was joined by Philippine Ambassador Raul Hernandez, I also asked the South Korean Minister to consider lowering the tariff for major Philippine products like banana, mango and pineapple whose tariff rates are as high as 35%.

He asked the Department of Agriculture to formally ask for the reduction of tariffs for these products, especially banana and mango.

The Philippines holds about 90% of the South Korean banana market but Ecuador and other South American banana producing countries are gaining ground because of their Free Trade Agreement with South Korea.

The Agriculture Minister also asked that the entry into the Philippines of South Korean strawberries be allowed as their is huge demand for it from its nationals living in the Philippines.

Today, the Philippine delegation composed of myself, Assistant Secretary Hansel Didulo, Agriculture Analyst Alelie Maghirang and Executive Assistant Ferdinand Piñol will be visiting the offices of NongHyup, the biggest farmers' cooperative in South Korea and at least two other agricultural establishments before flying back to the Philippines.

(Photos show the activities during yesterday's bilateral meeting between the Philippines and South Korea Agriculture Ministers in the President Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. Shown in the photos are South Korean Agriculture Minister Kim Jae Soo and his party, Amb. Raul Hernandez, Asst. Secretary Hansel Didulo and Agriculture Analyst Aleli Maghirang. Photos by Asst. Secretary Didulo and South Korean staff.)

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