Davao firm to export to Japan Peking ducks raised locally
Subscribe Now December 10, 2013 at 07:41am
Vicente Lao Jr. said his company, Maharlika Agro-Marine Venture, is set to export the meat of Peking duck to Japan this month, but pending final inspection by Japanese phytosanitary personnel of his production facilities, including its dressing plant in northern Davao City.
Lao told reporters here the Peking ducks came from the famous duck breed of the United Kingdom-based duck-raising company, Cherry Valley, and which Maharlika acquired through a sole-distributorship agreement between them this year.
The initial shipment would consist of 25 tons of raw meat, he said, adding that the agreement with the Japanese buyer requires him to supply 50 tons of meat every week.
He said he conferred with Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on his export venture and brought Alcala to his production facilities in Manolo Fortich, where he has seven buildings, and in Arakan Valley area, where he is building two of seven buildings. Each building would house 15,000 ducks.
Alcala suggested he also export the ducks to the Middle East.
The ducks would be processed in the dressing plant in Tamugan, north of downtown Davao City, with a
processing capacity of 2,000 ducks per hour.
Each duck would yield meat weighing between 2.5 kilos and 2.8 kilos.
The first shipment would just be raw meat, he said, but later Maharlika would ship the premium cuts—breast and leg cuts—which fetch a higher price. Lao said he would also export the foie gras, the duck liver.
He said his projection of the duck-raising venture is expected to meet domestic demand and hoped that local patronage would also increase as supply increases. Maharlika is currently supplying, in small volume, hotels in Manila. Lao said restaurants owned mostly by Chinese-Filipino businesses could not be satisfied of their demand for the Peking ducks.
He said the Peking ducks are popular for their own meat, although chefs have their own preparations.
Aside from the duck-raising venture, Lao’s Maharlika company is into chicken production, and operates a dressing plant in Tudela, Misamis Occidental, Cagayan de Oro and in Barangay Darong, Santa Cruz town, Davao del Sur.
These plants all cater to the San Miguel Foods Corp., which Maharlika has a growership and supply contract.
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