PH to export okra to South Korea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) — The Philippines will begin exporting okra to South Korea from the 2021-to-2022 harvest season as soon as supply requirements set by both countries are complied with, the Department of Agriculture announced on Monday.

“After the resumption of okra exports to Japan last year, we are opening yet another market access for our okra, this time with the huge Korean food market," Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a statement.

"The Philippine government has been requesting market access of okra to Korea since 2014 and finally, it was granted," Dar said. "This is a milestone for us considering we are still in the midst of the global pandemic.”

One of South Korea's conditions is an inspection report on okra farms in Tarlac, where the exports will be initially sourced, the department noted.

The DA said some Koreans eat okra as “banchan” or side dish.

It said fresh okra is only available in "small volumes" during the summer season, while the processed ones are imported from China.