September 20, 2017
Philippines set to import Brazilian cattle to boost milk production
As per report from BusinessMirror, Philippine Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol will make a side trip to Brazil in December after attending the World Trade Organisation's 11th Ministerial Conference in Argentina.
Brazil's Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Minister Blairo Maggi was reported to have earlier said that his government remained keen on selling Girolando cattle to the Philippines.
"We are expecting that the Philippines will send a mission here to fine-tune remaining issues," Maggi told a news briefing in São Paulo, Brazil, late last month.
Maggi said Brazil was also open to exporting other genetic materials as well as other breeds of cattle, such as those for meat production.
Meeting 10% of domestic demand
Importing Girolando cattle from Brazil is part of the DA's plan to increase local milk production to meet at least 10% of annual domestic requirement by 2022 and reduce the country's reliance on imports. Girolando breed is ideal for milk and meat production in tropical climates, Piñol said.
The Philippines' milk production grew 3.78% last year to 21,160 tonnes from 2015's 20,390 tonnes, according to the latest data available from the National Dairy Administration.
Despite the increase, the share of local milk output to the country's total supply shrank, while that of imports went up. The Philippines imported 65,600 tonnes of ready-to-drink liquid milk last year, 53.77% higher than the 42,660 tonnes imported in 2015.
The Philippines' overall dairy imports last year grew 54% to 2.77 million tonnes year-on-year.
Dairy products constitute the Philippines's third-largest agricultural import after wheat and soybean meal.