The suspension of the pesticide residue fees is expected to give Philippine exports of fruits and vegetables a big boost. This would follow a substantial decrease in 2020, it in turn coming on the steady decline in country’s overall exports in this sector over the last 10 years.
Business groups Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PhilExport), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. (PHILFOODEX) praised the Department of Agriculture for acting on their appeal to suspend PRA fees. They claimed that the move demonstrates the strong commitment of Secretary William Dar to protect the interest of farmers and exporters and to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-food and export industry.
Exporters of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables can now avail of free pesticide residue test following an order by the Department of Agriculture directing the Bureau of Plant Industry and its satellite laboratories to stop collecting fees in a bid to strengthen the country’s agricultural export.