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Initial Shipment of Okra to Japan (September 29, 2020)

Author: DA Communications Group | 29 September 2020

Agriculture 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 on September 29, 2020 at the Pair-pags Center, Pasay City.

JelFarm, one of the country’s leading okra 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.

About 300 farmers are involved in the production of the export-grade okra products that are harvested from different farms in 14 barangays of Tarlac.

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. (Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)