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 USDA: Philippines Continues to be Major Dairy Importer  

The Philippines produces less than 1% of its growing dairy needs, according to Philippines: Dairy and Products Annual, an assessment by USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN). As a result, it continues to be a major global importer of dairy products, especially milk powder.


Due to the continued rapid expansion of the food processing industry and large global dairy supplies in 2015, total imports are expected to increase to 1.800 million metric tons (MMT), up from 1.740 MMT in 2014. Major suppliers are New Zealand (30%), the United States (24%) and Australia (7%). Dairy products are the country’s third largest agricultural import after wheat and soybean meal.

The Philippines was the fourth largest market for U.S. dairy products by value in 2014, at $422 million, up 16% from 2013. Due to increasing global milk production and supplies and a sharp decline in world dairy prices, U.S. dairy exports in 2015 are expected to drop about 40% by value, and may only reach $255 million by the end of the year.

To meet supply challenges and limited production, a significant amount of Philippine fluid milk supply is actually ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk reconstituted from imported milk powder. While milk powder exports dominate this category, there has also been strong growth in U.S. whey products and buttermilk sales.

Data from the Philippine National Dairy Authority (NDA) shows local dairy production was at 20,010 metric tons (MT) in 2014, up from 19,530 MT in 2013. The value of dairy production in 2014 amounted to P629 million ($13.56 million). Local milk production is projected to reach 21,000 MT in 2015 and will likely continue expanding on an annual basis due to strong demand for fresh milk and growing dairying capabilities.

As of January 2015, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics estimated the nation’s total dairy herd at 19,792 dams and does, an increase of 2.5% from the previous year. These were comprised of dairy cattle (10,036), water buffalo (8,736) and dairy goats (1,020). Dairy cattle numbers increased in 2015 due in most part to the ongoing government herd build-up programs and the growing number of dairy multiplier farms of the NDA. Dairy cattle numbers are expected to continue increasing by about 1,000-1,500 head per year for the next several years.

Read: Philippines: Dairy and Products Annual


Source: DairyHerd

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