Philippines: Tarlac growers export okra to Japan

Tarlac is a landlocked province in the Philippines, in the Central Luzon region. A big volume of okra (lady fingers) has been exported to Japan by Tarlac farmers in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, apparently to fill up the huge market and demand for such vegetable fruit.  Two tons of okra export have been harvested from different farms of Tarlac.

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said okra farmers’ profit could easily reach up to P120,000 per hectare for both okra and edamame if the farmers could avail themselves of a cold storage, which he assured the farmers’ group, would be prioritized by his office.

“Under my watch, I assure you that the Department of Agriculture will extend all the assistance we can give to every farmer, including the group involved in this okra-edamame exportation to Japan, to enhance our agricultural production, and in the process, advance the livelihood of our farmers,” Dar told

Farmers are targeting 900 to 1,000 hectares for an okra expansion project, aimed at exports.

[ P100 = €1.80 ]

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