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Fish and high-value crops as coconuts, pineapples and mangoes
Philippine agri exports reach $1.66-B in January-July period

DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns Bernadette Romulo Puyat noted that the US remained the top destination for Philippines’ agricultural exports as sales to this country reached $409.30 million or 24.54 percent of total exports from January to July. Following next to US is Japan with $248.79 million or 14.74 percent in total export sales, according to Puyat.

The Netherlands, with $131.47 million or 7.88 percent; Korea, $108.34 million or 6.49 percent; and Thailand $71.37 million or 4.28 percent complete the top five destinations for Philippine agricultural products for the 1st seven months the year.

“Our agricultural exports, which amounted to $1.53 billion in the first seven months of 2006, increased by almost $138 million to reach $1.66 billion for the same period this year,” Puyat said.

She said the increase in export earnings does not include yet the sale of agricultural machineries, such as reapers, processing machines and machine parts overseas.
Puyat said that among coconut products, exports of desiccated coconuts grew by 15.25 percent during from January to July while that of coco coir also grew by 19.88 percent.

“Exports of desiccated coconut increased for all markets. Aside from this positive trend, the commodity gained new markets such as Swaziland, Pakistan, Malta, Egypt, El Salvador and Bulgaria,” she said.

Dried pineapple exports grew 388.44 percent in the first seven months of the year while dried mangoes grew by 99.07 percent. Carageenan sales grew 33.33 percent or $8.98 million while the export of tuna increased by 102.52 percent or $26.22 million.

Publication date: 10/24/2007


 


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