Agriculture - - Useful Pointers -

EVEN IF THE GOV­ERN­MENT failed to get a sound re­sponse on its re­quest for South Korea to lower its tar­iff on Philip­pines’ agri­cul­ture prod­ucts, the coun­try was still able to bag a deal to sup­ply fruits and food to the East Asian na­tion’s big­gest su­per­mar­ket chain for three years straight.

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, along with his cab­i­net and other Filipino high-rank­ing gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate of­fi­cials, was re­cently in South Korea for a three-day of­fi­cial visit.

Dur­ing a bi­lat­eral meet­ing, Duterte asked his South Korean coun­ter­part, Moon Jae-in, to lower the tar­iff im­posed on Philip­pines’ agri­cul­tural prod­ucts en­ter­ing their coun­try, in­clud­ing ba­nanas.

The South Korean Pres­i­dent only gave a generic re­sponse and said his gov­ern­ment will look at mech­a­nisms that will make the re­quest a re­al­ity.

Nev­er­the­less, the Philip­pines still bagged what could be the big­gest sup­ply deal for the Philip­pines’ agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Piñol said Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s visit to South Korea’s big­gest su­per­mar­ket chain, EMart, re­sulted to a three-year fruit and food sup­ply deal for the coun­try. prop­er­ties. Water and feeds should be read­ily avail­able for trips longer than 24 hours. If vac­ci­na­tion is sched­uled, ad­min­is­ter vi­ta­min-min­eral-elec­trolyte sup­ple­ments two days be­fore and af­ter vac­ci­na­tion. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to avoid stress from han­dling and the vac­ci­na­tion process.

This prac­tice is ap­pli­ca­ble in all ar­eas in the Philip­pines. This farm prac­tice can be la­bor-in­ten­sive, but it helps main­tain and im­prove an­i­mal health sta­tus and im­prove an­i­mal pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Re­quire­ments for Adop­tion

• Es­sen­tials - Cur­tains (Fig. 2) - Dis­in­fec­tants - Rice straw or rice hulls - Warm­ing de­vices such as heaters or in­frared lamps - Vi­ta­min-min­eral-elec­trolyte sup­ple­ments • Sup­port sys­tem - Good nu­tri­tion and san­i­ta­tion pro­gram - In­for­ma­tion ma­te­ri­als

Rec­om­men­da­tions Check roofs for any leak prior to the on­set of the wet sea­son.

Pro­vide swine and poul­try houses or pens with cur­tains. Pro­vide ven­ti­la­tion to main­tain ad­e­quate air cir­cu­la­tion and avoid buildup of am­mo­nia in the house or pen. EMart, which re­cently hosted a week-long Philip­pine Food Fes­ti­val, is South Korea’s big­gest su­per­mar­ket chain with 153 out­lets, in­clud­ing a newly opened branch in Viet­nam. Its af­fil­i­ates in South Korea in­cludes Star­bucks Cof­fee Korea and Serin Food.

Piñol said the sup­ply deal with EMart is the big­gest busi­ness deal with a sin­gle com­pany bagged by the Philip­pines’ agri­cul­ture sec­tor “achieved through the di­rect in­ter­ven­tion of a sit­ting Pres­i­dent”.

This deal, ac­cord­ing to him, will trans­late to ad­di­tional earn­ings of R28 bil­lion for the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

EMart Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Gab-soo Lee, as cited by Piñol, told Duterte that the sup­ply deal could go be­yond the tar­geted level be­cause of the huge de­mand for Philip­pine fruits in South Korea.

For in­stance, 90 per­cent of im­ported ba­nana that en­ters South Korea comes from the Philip­pines.

Lee told Duterte that EMart prefers to source its fruit sup­plies from the Philip­pines be­cause of its prox­im­ity to South Korea, which re­sults in fresher prod­ucts. - MADELEINE B. MIRAFLOR (Reprinted from Manila Bul­letin, June 10, 2018) Al­ways keep the pens clean. Ma­nure and urine buildup can con­trib­ute to the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of am­mo­nia that af­fects the re­s­pi­ra­tory sys­tem of an­i­mals.

Al­ways check im­pro­vised warm­ing de­vices such as coal and pre­vent in­ci­dents. (PCAARRD IN­FOR­MA­TION BUL­LETIN)



Fig. 2. Cur­tains to pro­tect poul­try and swine houses or pens dur­ing the wet sea­son.

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