Australia ready to help Filipino banana exporters

“The Philippines is the only country in the world for which Australia has agreed that bananas could be exported. But for that to happen, the Philippines need to meet some risk-management measures, because Australia has its own banana industry and we have some issues around disease control,” Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said at the BusinessMirror Coffee Club forum held in Makati City.

Canberra is willing to assist banana exporters comply with its animal health and plant regulations so they can again access the Australian market, which has been closed to Philippine bananas for more than two decades. However, no Philippine exporter has approached Canberra and has signified interest to ship bananas to Australia.

“My view is that Philippine banana producers are not that interested in the Australian market. I repeatedly say, if a Philippine company wants to export to Australia, come and tell me and we will work with them,” she added.

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