FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Baylee Banks
Communications Assistant, New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Jan. 30, 2020
(Postponed) New Mexico agribusinesses encouraged to register for international trade mission
Registration deadline is Feb. 14
Due to the global coronavirus situation, USDA’S Foreign Agricultural Service is postponing its scheduled April 20-23 trade mission to the Philippines. USDA-FAS hopes to reschedule the mission for later in 2020.
LAS CRUCES – Calling all New Mexico agribusiness owners: Are you looking for an opportunity to explore new markets, expand on both new and existing business relationships and learn about exporting products internationally? The New Mexico Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture and Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) are looking for agriculture businesses and exporters to participate in an outbound international trade mission to the Philippines and Malaysia.
The trade mission will take place in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, with an option to continue on to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with WUSATA Project Managers April 20-24. Individuals interested in participating must register with WUSATA by Feb. 14.
According to USDA, $3 billion worth of agricultural products were exported to the Philippines in 2018, ranking the country as the 10th largest agricultural export market for the U.S. In the same year, the U.S. exported $1 billion of agricultural products to Malaysia.
Participating companies will have the opportunity to attend targeted business meetings with qualified buyers and local companies seeking to import food, farm and retail products. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service staff will coordinate site visits and in-depth briefings on U.S. exports to the Philippines.
“I encourage all New Mexico agribusiness owners to register for the Outbound Trade Mission to the Philippines and Malaysia and take advantage of the tremendous opportunity to gain new markets, build business relationships and learn about exciting prospects within an international market,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.
For more information about the trade mission and to register, visit https://www.wusata.org/event/detail/6ECF4A4E-CED0-4062-AC66-9B6543B8F02A/search/.