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Presentation of EDCF-EXIM’s Feasibility Study on Enhancing Meat Safety and Quality Project (June 14, 2021)

Author: DA Communications Group | 14 June 2021

The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Office of the Undersecretary for Livestock, met the representatives from Korea on June 14, 2021 to discuss the results of the “Feasibility Study on Enhancing Meat Safety and Quality through Establishment of Modern Livestock Infrastructure and Inspection Facilities with Traceability Systems,” which was conducted by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Export-Import Bank of Korea (EXIM Bank)

Agriculture Secretary William Dar highlighted that the project is important, critical, urgent, timely and high impact that if successfully implemented will benefit livestock industry. He also emphasized that the DA has a current system for traceability but it needs to improve in terms of involving SUCs and potential local government partners.

The EDCF presented the results of their feasibility study based on the project’s five components: 1) Installation of New Inspection Equipment; 2) Establishment of Modern Livestock Facilities with global standard meat complex in Region III or IVA; 3) Development and Implementation of ICT System; 4) Capacity Building; and Policy recommendation.

The project has an estimated project cost of USD 102,231, 267.

In 2018, DA-Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and DA-National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) signed a memorandum with KEXIM Bank to strengthen livestock industry with vision of food security and possible export potential. The partnership aims to provide quality evaluation of meat so that in return improves consumer’s trust in the producers, manufacturers and government because of its quick responses against hygiene and safety. It will also enhance transparency and quality assurance in the production of meat and meat products, distribution and marketing.

In 2019, DA, through BAI and NMIS, and the Ministry of Korean Agriculture, presented significant milestones during the implementation of Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) Policy Consultation Final Dissemination Seminar for the Establishment of Philippine Food Animal and Animal Products Traceability and Quality Evaluation Systems. (Photo by Alan Jay Jacalan, DA-AFID)