Philippines Dept of Agriculture strives for balanced onion trade with New Zealand

The Philippines Department of Agriculture said it would strive for a balanced onion trade with New Zealand, which expressed a strong interest in exporting its onions to the Philippines. This emerged when Agriculture Secretary William Dar recently met with New Zealand Ambassador to Manila David Strachan and discussed market access of New Zealand onions to the country.

While the envoy expressed his country’s capability to export its onions, the DA chief raised the possibility of putting measures in place to ensure that the local onion industry would not suffer. “While we are in a liberalized regime, we would like also to see a balance in trade, such that we don’t want to bring in imported onions if we have enough produce from our local farmers,” Dar told

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