Agriculture is a main driver of the Philippine economy and for 2012, the government increased the agriculture and agrarian reform budgets by over 50% to boost food production.
Agriculture in the Philippines
ξ The Philippines is primarily an agricultural country despite the plan to make it a
industrialised country in 2000. The country’s agricultural sector is divided into: farming,
fisheries, livestock, and forestry making up 20 % of the country’s gross domestic product.
Agriculture is a main driver of the Philippine economy and for 2012, the government increased
the agriculture and agrarian reform budgets by over 50% to boost food production. The
government has also allocated funding for irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and related
infrastructure; and has included these in the administration’s PPP project offering.
The Agriculture and Fisheries Modernisation Act of the Philippines encourages private sector to
invest in new technologies for livestock raising, aquaculture, food processing & packaging,
quality assurance, bio-security, logistics and agri-waste management. The growing compulsion
to raise the productivity and competitiveness of farm operators offers a mix of opportunities for
UK exporters in the following areas:
Genetics & Biotechnology - There is strong demand for better pig breeds. The increasing pork
requirement of domestic & export markets fuelled the recent dramatic expansion of pig farms.
The British Pig Association has successfully penetrated the market through the assistance of
UKTI. As a result of UKTI’s continued support to the BPA, the Philippines has become their
biggest market worldwide.
Another opportunity in agri-biotech is the development and propagation of high-yielding crop
varieties, pest-resistant, as well as flood & drought- resistant grains and vegetables.
Aquaculture - UK exporters are yet to tap opportunities in genetic improvement & biotech
applications to fisheries & aquaculture sectors, in terms of better breeds, feeds and propagation
Quality Assurance & Traceability Systems - Farmers & food processors now realise the
urgency to install quality control, as well as traceability systems in their operations as required
by both local and export buyers. This is an opportunity for UK consultants and service providers
on HACCP, logistics, and bio-security.
Agriculture Waste Management & Waste-to-Energy Conversion -The recent strict
implementation of environmental regulations and increasing need for renewable energy
resources are forcing farm operators to install waste management systems and waste-to-energy
facilities; e.g. for biogas.
Latest export opportunities – Agriculture
Latest export opportunities – Philippines
Getting into the market
ξ Doing business in the Philippines is highly relational. A formal and personal introduction
or partnerships with an established local firm are preferred ways to enter the market.
ξ Appointments are required and should be made at least two weeks in advance.
ξ English is the language of business.
ξ The Philippine government encourages inbound foreign investment and a wide range of
incentives are readily available.
Find about doing business in the Philippines Including an overview of the Philippines’ economy,
business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issues.
Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke
market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market
Introduction Service (OMIS).
To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists
in country - or contact your local international trade team.
Joyce Guzon-Tolentino, British Embassy Manila.
Tel: +63 2 858-2263
Contact your local international trade team
Time/Venue: 4-6 October, World Trade Centre, Manila
Latest events – Agriculture Horticulture & Fisheries
More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters