The directive was signed by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol early January, banning poultry products from South Korea, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. United States, Canada, and Australia are the only countries allowed to export poultry to the country.
“These three countries are exempted from the ban mainly because they never had reported cases of Avian Flu or poultry diseases and also because they have always implemented stringent quarantine measures,” Piñol said.
Strict quarantine measures will still be observed to products coming from the exempted countries.
The Philippines is currently free from bird flu and could benefit in marketing its poultry products globally.
“This will be a big boost to the local poultry industry,” Vicente T. Lao, chairman and chief executive officer of Maharlika Agro-Marine Venture said.
Maharlika is the supplier of duck meat to several restaurants in Manila and Japan. It breeds ducks in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and in Arakan Valley, at the boundary of Davao City and North Cotabato. Ducks are processed in Cagayan de Oro and Davao City, which are then 28 metric tons are exported to Japan.