Poultry exports soar on bird flu fears

by 5m Editor
13 July 2005, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - The Philippines&#39;s poultry exports to Asia are rising strongly this year thanks to its lack of bird flu cases, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said Wednesday. &#39;It&#39;s very evident we are taking advantage of it now,&#39; Yap said, remarking that there had been 3.5 million kilograms (7.7 million pounds) worth of poulty exports so far this year compared to 1.5 million kilograms for all of 2004. &#39;At this rate, we are looking at 10 million kilograms of exports this year to the region,&#39; he told reporters. To safeguard the industry, Yap said the government had released an additional 53 million pesos (974,200 dollars) &#39;to be used as the first line of defense&#39; in ensuring that bird flu does not spread to the Philippines. <i>Source: Dialog NewsEdge</i>

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