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Courtesy Meeting with Brazilian Ambassador to the Philippines (Aug. 23, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 23 August 2021

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar and Brazilian Ambassador to the Philippines Antonio José Maria De Souza e Silva met on August 23, 2021 to discuss further opportunities for agricultural trade and technical cooperation between the Philippines and Brazil.

“We want to continue this good collaboration with you and elevate our partnership,” Sec. Dar said.

The agri chief urged the Ambassador to encourage Brazilian companies to source out more of their imports, particularly desiccated coconut, coconut oil, palm kernel, and palm oil from the country. He also offered a collaboration to manufacture automotive parts using abaca fiber to support Brazil’s growing light vehicle industry.

He said the Department seeks to elevate and make the trading system between the two countries to be more vibrant.

Sec. Dar also requested updates to the Philippines’ request to export papaya seeds to Brazil and mentioned that as early as 2015, the Department, through the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), has started the discussion with their Brazilian counterpart, and is now ready to undergo necessary Pest and Risk Analysis.

For livestock, Dar relayed that the National Dairy Authority (NDA) is interested to avail of “girolando” semen to improve the breeding program of the Department. He congratulated Brazil for being recognized as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) free country without vaccination.

He also discussed the interest of the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) to have a Memorandum of Understanding in sugarcane and ethanol cooperation.

During the meeting, Dar shared updates to Brazil’s export interests in melon and fresh apple exports, and accreditation for the exports of day-old chicks and hatching eggs. He said that the BPI and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) are now in the process of conducting risk analysis for these products.

Sec. Dar also looks forward to the 5th Philippine-Brazil Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) on September 13, 2021.

“The Philippine delegation for agriculture will put forward several agricultural cooperation of interest during this bilateral meeting which includes technical cooperation in agriculture, dairy, fisheries and aquaculture, abaca fiber, coconut, and sugar cane,” Sec. Dar said.

On one hand, Ambassador e Silva urged the Department to expand the list of Brazilian establishments accredited to export beef, pork, and chicken meat to the Philippines, assuring the Department that the Brazilian FMEs had come a long way in terms of production, efficiency, and quality control. (Photo by Adonis Buhayan, DA-AFID)