Phillipine Millers Visit North Dakota to Discuss Crop Quality
Date Posted: October 22, 2013
A Philippine trade team will be in North Dakota October 23-24 to learn more about this year’s hard red spring wheat crop and visit with public and private wheat breeding companies.
The delegation includes the director of the Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) and key decision makers at three of the leading flour mills in the Philippines.
The Philippines has been an important U.S. spring wheat customer for more than fifty years, increasing annual wheat purchases from 7 million bushels in 1961 when U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) opened its office in Manila, to nearly 74 million bushels and a U.S. market share that exceeded 90 percent of milling wheat imports in 2012-13.
The majority of their wheat purchases are hard red spring and white wheat.
“The Philippine market is important for North Dakota producers,” says Francis Leiphon, NDWC Chairman, “they are our second largest spring wheat market with average annual purchases of 35 million bushels.
"They are anxious to hear about the quality factors of this year’s crop to help them make informed purchasing decisions,” Leiphon adds.
Along with learning about crop quality, the team will learn about supply and demand factors affecting availability and price of U.S. spring wheat and gain a better understanding of wheat transportation logistics and contracting.
They will also meet with public and private breeding companies to discuss end-product functionality of current and future wheat varieties.
“Philippine millers are very quality conscious buyers and we want to make sure we can continue to supply them with the quality they need,” Leiphon says, “by opening dialogue with representatives of the breeding programs, we can make sure their quality demands will be met.”
The team will also make stops in Washington, D.C. for policy meetings and Portland, OR for specific information on the soft white wheat crop.
The team will be accompanied by Joe Sowers, U.S. Wheat Associates assistant regional director for South Asia.
U.S. Wheat Associates works to maintain and improve export market opportunities for North Dakota wheat farmers and producers in 18 other states with support from the farmers themselves through a per bushel checkoff.
For more information, call 701-328-5111.