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PH wants more bananas entering the land of the rising sun

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he will lead efforts to lobby the Japanese government to lift stricter tests for chemical residue and ensure faster exportation of Philippine banana the land of the rising sun.

Piñol said he will personally handle the request of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) to convince Japanese officials that Philippine banana exports comply with Japanese standards for the maximum residue level (MRL) for chemicals used as insecticides in banana plantations.

This follows the institution of new protocols and assessment process by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) of the Department of Agriculture.

“I have talked with officials of PBGEA to assure them that I will personally handle efforts to resolve the issue,” the DA Secretary said.

The PBGEA had previously sought the DA’s assistance in resolving the Japanese government’s implementation of 100 percent testing of Philippine banana exports in August 2018.

Right now, PBGEA members export 50 percent of their bananas to Japan.


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