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Courtesy call of Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines (Mar. 26, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 26 March 2021

Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines Gerardo Lozano Arredondo met online on March 26, 2021 to discuss updates on the agricultural cooperation and trade between the Philippines and Mexico.

Secretary Dar highlighted the importance of the relationship between the two countries and expressed interest and readiness of the Philippines to further enhance the partnership.

“We are open to increasing the partnership, the technical and scientific cooperation between the two countries and including that of agricultural trade,” he said.

He also provided updates on Mexico’s market access requests for commodities such as pork meat, grapes, avocado, and citrus.

In addition, Secretary Dar expressed the Department of Agriculture’s interest in the export of Philippine agricultural commodities such as abaca fiber, coconut, and fisheries products to Mexico. He also relayed that the National Dairy Authority (NDA) is still interested to purchase Girolando dairy cattle and semen straws from Mexico subject to the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) regulations.

“I agree with you that one of the objectives of this meeting is to deepen our work on agricultural cooperation and trade. As you know, the agricultural sector has played a very important role in the historic and trading relations between our countries,” Ambassador Arredondo said. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)