Growers from Negros Occidental, a province in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, are eyeing the Canadian. This was noted by Mary Ann Colmenares, chairman of the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development (SMED) Council of Negros Occidental, after the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines President Julian Payne presented export opportunities in his country before local manufacturers here earlier this week.
“The presentation was very informative. We have not saturated the export market in Canada. We have yet to build access to it,” Colmenares said on Friday (August 23, 2019).
She added that the presentation will help them gain access to Canada for products from Negros Occidental. According to Colmenares, the market will be a good match for the capacities the Negrense small/ medium enterprises have at present.
Between 2016 and 2018, the Philippines’ top exports included coconut oil, fresh and dried bananas, preparations of fruits, preserved fish, coconuts, pineapples, avocados, mangoes, vegetable extracts, tobacco products, fruit and vegetable juices, and frozen fish.
The top Canadian imports are grape wines, bread and pastries, protein concentrates, coffee, chocolate, animal feed preparations, berries, waters, preparations of fruits and mushrooms.