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DA Promotes Halal Food Production In Mindanao

News From : DagangHalal.com (05 Jul 2009)

MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is promoting halal activities especially in Mindanao, it said in a recent press release.

DA Secretary Arthur Yap said at the recent International Halal Assurance Seminar that his department is conducting trainings and seminars on the proper production, processing and marketing of halal cereal and vegetable crops, fruits, meat, milk, fish and other commodities.

The DA said Mindanao has a competitive edge over other countries in the region because it is free of the foot-and-mouth disease and the avian influenza or bird flu virus.

He said Mindanao also has reliable supply of feed ingredients for halal food production, namely, corn, rice, copra meal, fish meal, and palm oil.

The DA has arranged separate discussions with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Brunei which are looking at billions worth of possible investments in the domestic halal sector, particularly in Mindanao.

Around 32,000 Muslim farmers and entrepreneurs in Mindanao are expected to benefit from proposed halal initiatives.

Halal is an Arabic word, which means permissible. Halal products are prepared in accordance with Islamic laws.

The global halal food market is valued at around $500 billion yearly and the Philippines is eyeing to capture an initial one percent share or $5 billion of this market through exports.

Source: abs-cbnNews.com
Link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/07/05/09/da-promotes-halal-food-production-mindanao

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