CABATUAN, Isabelle: A cooperative based in this city is planning to export its munggo or mung bean product to Japan with the help of a team from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley).

DTI Region 2 Director Leah Pulido Ocampo said the agency’s goal is to make the region more competitive in the global value chain, thereby facilitating the movement of products within the region overseas. .

To do this, Ocampo said the region’s DTI, in collaboration with the project beneficiaries of Flow of Pariir Agriculture Cooperative (FPAC), facilitated the international shipment of mung bean samples to Japan on October 5 for additional testing.

She said the project is in collaboration with DTI-Isabela, Region 2 Ministry of Agriculture and DTI Foreign Trade Service Corps to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“In this project, we intend to support MSMEs and farmers engaged in mung bean production for their eventual market expansion in Japan,” Ocampo said, adding that it was a from collaboration with the Trade and Investment Section of the Philippine Embassy in Japan. .

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She noted that prior to this, the DTI had generated export leads at the inaugural Forum on Market Trends and Opportunities for Region 2 High Value Crops in May 2021.

It was the first time that the DTI brought together senior officials from East Asian countries consisting of their trade and agricultural attachés and advisers, Ocampo added.

According to DTI-Region 2 and DA Regional Field Office 2 headed by Regional Executive Director Narciso Edillo, the mung bean product from Cabatuan City has high potential with a promising prospect in Japan.

Japan currently imports its mung bean needs from India, Indonesia and Vietnam, and this would be the first time the Philippines has tapped into this market.

Thus, the Cabatuan-based FPAC was chosen as the target beneficiary of the project after providing the best quality sample possessing all the minimum requirements, the DTI said.

Ocampo said the DTI team conducted a series of meetings with its partners, the DTI-Export Marketing Bureau and other local stakeholders, including on-site sample research.

“They also facilitated phytosanitary certification, as well as coordination and initial discussions with the service of a Sea Fright transport company, which helped move the product,” she said.

The DTI team also coordinated with FTSC Agriculture Attaché Jose Laquian and Kenichi Katakura, Commercial Counselor of the Trade and Investment Section of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines.

Katakura provided primary information on market demand, import status, the prevailing price of mung beans in Japan and entry regulations, the DTI said.

DTI Region 2 said it continues to coordinate with buyers, officials and stakeholders.

“The DTI team will be monitoring timelines to execute the directions and support the initial development of this project,” Ocampo said, adding that DTI Region 2 and its partners expect a boost in the industry. mung bean in the region.