South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) and the Philippines’ Department of Agriculture (DA) have collaborated on a USD1.2 million project to improve the Philippines’ swine industry.
The “Feasibility Study on Enhancing Meat Safety and Quality through Establishment of Modern Livestock Infrastructure and Inspection Facilities with Traceability Systems” is “important, critical, urgent, timely and high impact that if successfully implemented will benefit livestock industry,” DA Secretary William Dar said in a statement on Monday, June 14.
The said study is based on five components: installation of new inspection equipment; establishment of modern livestock facilities with global standard meat complex in Regions 3 (Central Luzon) or 4-A (Calabarzon); development and implementation of information and communications technology system; capacity-building; and policy recommendation.
With this, a meat enhancement facility is eyed to rise in 2023 in Calabarzon, one of the regions where structures for the improvement of the swine industry will be constructed under the project. It will have a slaughterhouse, storage facility, meat cutting, and packaging facilities, carcass auction market wholesaling space, and chilling and freezing warehouses.
The study will also pave the way for the establishment of a Meat Academy, a Philippine training center for meat slaughtering and processing; a 50-ton capacity feed mill; and the expansion of the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the National Meat Inspection System (NMIS) laboratory.