The government of the Netherlands has offered a grant to the Philippine Egg Board to buy a 100 million peso (US$1.8 million) egg processor to freeze, liquefy, pasteurize, or powderize egg for institutional and export markets.

According to a report carried by, Brenda Dimayuga, Philippine Egg Show chairman, said during the fourth Philippine Egg Show that the Dutch government would make the grant in the form of egg processing equipment as this also involves the Philippine Egg Board’s (PEB) joint venture with a Dutch company.

Dimayuga said the equipment will enable egg producers to meet local demands of airlines, hotels and restaurants currently supplied by the United States and bird flu free countries.

“Some institutional buyers just need the egg yolk or the egg white. And this can be available in liquid form. Hotels no longer need to beat the shell,” she said in an interview.

Bird flu elsewhere in the region is giving the Philippines a boost in exporting 1.5 million kg of poultry to Japan. The processing facility will also enable the country to export eggs to Japan, for instance.

PEB aims to raise the Philippines’ annual egg consumption to at least 200 eggs per person per year from the present low of 92, one of the lowest in Asia.