U.S. Trade Mission seeks to strengthen agriculture sector collaboration with PHL


The United States is seeking to expand joint agricultural trade and food security initiatives with the Philippines as a delegation led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitley, arrived in Manila on Monday.

The USDA Trade Mission to the Philippines will provide many opportunities in the United States and the Philippines,Mr. Whitley said in a statement on Monday.

The trade mission contingent includes representatives from the US state departments of agriculture, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, according to the US Embassy.

II am confident that the coming days will yield mutually beneficial results to help expand trade, increase collaboration on key issues impacting agriculture in our two countries, and ultimately strengthen food security in the Philippines. ,said Mr. Whitley.

Business meetings will be held this week between U.S. Trade Mission delegates and Filipino companies seeking to import U.S. food and agricultural products.

There will also be the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding, which will officially launch a US-funded program to combat African Swine Fever in the Philippines, formalize deeper business ties between Batangas Province and US Departments of agriculture, and strengthen relationships between Mariano Marcos State University and the US Grains Council to support biofuel solutions and climate-smart practices.

We have a diverse group of American agribusiness and industry leaders who join us in Manila who can provide reliable, high-quality, sustainably produced American food and agricultural products to local buyers,said the US Agriculture Administrator.

Welook forward to increasing sales and meeting Filipino consumers’ growing demand for American foods,he added.

The Philippines is the USAeighth largest export market for food and agricultural products, averaging $3.1 billion (174.8 billion pesos) per year for the past five years. Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

Lana T. Arthur