UK sign deal for beef exports to the Philippines
UK’s access to the Philippine market has been closed since 1996 due to some oncerns over BSE at that time and although the ban was lifted in 2001, the decision to grant access only came after a Philippine delegation visit Great Britian last year. Following a joint visit to the Philippines in March 2015, the authorities of Philippines inspected UK beef controls in November 2016. So British DAERA continues to invest time into opening new markets to expand the agri food industry in Northern Ireland and this approval to export beef represents a further achievement. Northern Ireland and Britain will be able to commence exports to the Philippines once the necessary certificates have been agreed between DEFRA and officials in the Philippines.
The UK beef industry is the envy of the world and this strong demand globally for the traditional breeds reared to the highest welfare standards is what drives the exports and creates opportunities for the farmers. The decision indicates future expansion for UK agriculture and the growing export markets globally.