Philippines DA considers partnership with Vietnamese fertilizer giant

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The Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), led by Secretary Francisco P. Tiu Laurel Jr., is exploring a partnership with Vietnam’s Binh Dien Fertilizer Joint Stock Co. to enhance local agricultural production. The potential collaboration could involve the Vietnamese firm supplying fertilizers to the Philippines or establishing a manufacturing facility in the country.
During a visit to Binh Dien’s facilities, Secretary Tiu Laurel emphasized the importance of the Vietnamese company’s presence in the Philippines. Established in 1975, Binh Dien is Vietnam’s leading producer of NPK fertilizers and supplies 30 percent of Vietnam’s fertilizer needs. The company operates several factories with a combined capacity of 1 million metric tons.
Vietnam, a major rice exporter, recently agreed to supply up to 2 million metric tons of white rice annually to the Philippines. Secretary Tiu Laurel highlighted the benefits of Binh Dien’s advanced technology and agricultural expertise, suggesting an initial distribution agreement that could lead to technology transfer and potential investment in a Philippine manufacturing facility.
Binh Dien views the Philippines as a strategic market for international expansion, aiming to enhance local agricultural practices while growing its presence outside Vietnam. The discussions concluded with optimism for a mutually beneficial partnership, potentially advancing agricultural technologies in both countries.

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