Philippines, The Largest Producer of Banana

My experience traveling around the Philippines visiting different farm made me realized that agriculture is one of the most significant industry in the country.

In Mindanao, I've tasted one of the most nutritious variant of banana. It's a red banana which grows in Mindanao. Did you know that the Philippines is the world’s second-largest producer of coconut and banana.

In Negros, on our way to Alomah's Farm, we saw a huge pineapple plantation. We are also also a top global producer of pineapple (3rd), canned tuna (4th), and mango (10th), based on a 2013 data of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. There's no doubt, the Philippines could be a top exporter of the coconut, bananas, and mango.

Japan remains the top destination for Philippine bananas, with $231.3 million in export sales in 2016.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, aims to augment the Philippines’ trade relations with Japan as it showcases the country’s finest tropical flavors in the largest food fair in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under Food Philippines brand, DTI-Citem will bring the country’s top exporters of tropical fruits, beverages and other processed food to the 43rd International Food and Beverage Exhibition, popularly known as FoodEx Japan, on March 6 to 9 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.

FoodEx is known as a major gateway to the Japanese market. Last year, the four-day event welcomed over 3,000 local and international exhibitors, as well as more than 82,000 buyers from the food manufacturing, service, distribution and trading sectors across the global food industry.

Aside from Japan, FoodEx is also vastly participated in by buyers from major regions, such as Europe, America, Africa and Australia.

Up to now, Japan is the Philippines’ largest export destination for fresh foods including bananas. According to preliminary reports from the Philippine Statistics Authority, Japan is among the top export destinations of the country with 16.42 percent total share to total merchandise exports in January to November 2017.


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