Good News!!! PH starts to export Okra to Japan

Good News!!! PH starts to export Okra to Japan


Good News for the country’s agricultural sector.

In this time of global pandemic it is a welcome news that the Philippines is exporting an agricultural product that is a good help for the Filipino farmer.

Department of Agriculture (DAR) Secretary William Dar and young agripreneurs, Jeffrey Fernandez and Rap Pelayo of Jelfarm Fresh Produce Enterprise led the initial shipment of two tons of okra (lady finger) to Japan last September 29, 2020 at the Pair-pags Center, Pasay City.

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“This is an indication that in spite of Covid-19, we are upping the game. Kagaya nitong okra export to Japan, this is a significant development,” Secretary Dar said.

As reported JelFarm, is one of the country’s leading okra (lady finger) exporters, will be shipping about five tons daily as the harvest season begins. Come peak season, with full blast operations, it can ship an average of 13 – 15 tons everyday.

The province of Tarlac hosts 300 farmers from 14 different barangays involved in the production of the export-grade okra products that are harvested for the Japan market.

In compliance with the Good Agricultural Practices and sanitary, hygienic, and phytosanitary practices for safe, healthy, and fresh okra, the products are allowed to enter the markets of Japan particularly in the cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, and Nagoya where there the demand is very high.

“We recognize the efforts of Jelfarm for increasing export of okra to Japan. Japan is a key market for our produce and they are fond of eating okra as part of their diet,” DAR Secretary Dar said.

He added, “It’s a win-win arrangement because the farmers planting these are getting higher levels of income compared to rice.”

“Ang okra kasi, you can start harvesting within 55–65 days upon seeding and you can harvest it every day for 75 days straight,” he said.

Accordingly, okra farmers can harvest 500 kilograms up to one ton of okra per hectare for 75 days straight and earn a net income of P80,000 – P120,000.

“It’s a fast turnaround crop, high-yielding crop, and a good source of income for the farmers,” Fernandez said.



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