The organic rice, muscovado sugar, and coffee products of Negros Occidental are among the manufactured goods that can penetrate the Korean market, Ramon Uy Jr., president of the Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association, said yesterday.
Uy said that Korea does not produce tropical products, hence the advantage of the Philippines in exporting its local produce is huge.
Korea is one of the participants in the International Food Exhibition Philippines next month at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, where Negros Occidental is the partner-province of the event.
Uy said this is a big opportunity for Negrenses to market their products to Korean investors, especially because the Philippine Trade and Investment Center Korea and Association of South East Asian Nation Korea Center will have a 30-man delegation composed of food exporters, distributors, retailers, and manufacturers.
Uy also cited Singapore, China, and Hongkong as countries that have high demand of organic products, but are not mainly producing food.
Meanwhile, five producers from the province will display products at the Glorietta 5 in Makati City for the “Tubong Pilipino” showcase, Uy added. *LTG