The UAE's top import from the Philippines is banana, including plantains.


UAE eyes closer agricultural cooperation with Philippines


MANILA – A UAE official is embarking on a two-day official visit to the Philippines until Tuesday to explore cooperation with Manila in agriculture and food sciences, the Philippines News Agency (PNA) quoted Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines as saying.

Mariam Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister of State for Food Security, is visiting the Philippines Rice Research Institute in Munoz, Nueva Ecija, and the International Research Rice Institute in Los Banos, Laguna.

During her stay in the country, the minister will be accompanied by Hjayceelyn Quintana, Ambassador of the Philippines to the UAE, and is expected to meet senior officials from the Department of Agriculture.

As early as 1981, the two nations sought ways to establish stronger ties anchored on agriculture with the signing of the Protocol on Agricultural Cooperation, inked in April 1981.

To date, UAE’s top import from the Philippines is banana, including plantains, dried or fresh. WAM


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