Philippine agricultural exports broke into three new international markets despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated quarantines. In the past two months, maiden shipments of avocados arrived in China, for instance.
Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman of the Department of Trade and Industry-Trade Promotions Group attributed these milestones to the efforts of the DTI-Foreign Trade Service Corps (DTI-FTSC) overseas and the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) in the Philippines.
Macatoman said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) also played a crucial role in ensuring adequate supply and negotiating market access protocols with other countries.
Philippine avocados officially entered China through a 7.7-ton shipment from the fruit company Dole Philippines. The avocados were shipped from Davao and arrived at the Dole China processing plant in Shanghai on March 31, 2020. The avocados will be first sold by Alibaba Group’s supermarket chain Hema Xiansheng and will be available in more stores in the future.
“Now is the time for Philippine agricultural products to thrive,” said DTI-EMB Director Senen M. Perlada. He said that DTI-EMB will strengthen its coordination with the DA and DTI-FTSC to match supply with demand. In turn, DTI-EMB will capacitate existing and aspiring exporters for them to be able to comply with international standards.