|Sec. Alcala To Keynote Southeast Asia’s Biggest Food Show|
|Written by DA-OSEC|
|Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:47|
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala is expected to highlight the country’s milestones in agri-fishery trade, and the initiatives of the Department of Agriculture on Southeast Asia’s economic integration when he delivers his keynote address at tomorrow’s opening of SIAL ASEAN at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.
Dubbed as Southeast Asia’s largest food exhibition, the three-day SIAL ASEAN is designed to give opportunity for the country’s food, agriculture and agribusiness industries to pitch their export products to the world. The event is being organized for the first time by Paris-based Salon International de l'Agroalimentaire (SIAL), and will be held alongside the Manila Foods and Beverage Expo (MAFBEX).
“For a country that derives a significant part of its export earnings from agricultural commodities, SIAL ASEAN is a vote of confidence about the potential and prevailing dynamism of Philippine agriculture,” said Secretary Alcala in a previous statement.
Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority revealed that the country’s agricultural exports last year increased by 25%, to US$6.32 billion from US$5.04 billion in 2012.
Coconut oil remained the biggest export earner at US$950.55 million, followed by fresh bananas (US$911.75 million), tuna (US$664.86 million), and pineapple and pineapple products (US$416.8 million).
During that period, the country successfully reduced its agricultural trade deficit by 52.6% -- from US$3.13 billion in 2012 to US$1.48 billion in 2013 –as exports soar while imports dropped. PSA data showed that farm and fishery imports from January to December fell by 4.5%, to US$7.8 billion.
The government, under its Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, has identified investments in food and agriculture as a major imperative as it works to achieve food security, raise quality of life in rural areas, and sustain economic prosperity.
DIR. LEANDRO H. GAZMIN
OIC Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing
Tel. Nos. (02) 928-8756 to 65 local 2530
Direct line: (632) 929-8185
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 06:47|