“Philippines is set to export onions in Indonesia”, Department of Agriculture said.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said that “the representative of the Indonesian market met with our onion producers and they are now looking at all of the requirements”.
Moreover, Agriculture secretary was glad that Mindoro, Cagayan Valley, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija and Iloilo onion farmers came.
Indonesian market asked to export white and red onion, and shallots. Further, importers in Indonesia are already set despite the indefinite volume requirement they need.
Based on the report on Business World, Piñol texted Business World that “wala pang [There is still no] volume requirement from Indonesia, but our market coordinator in Jakarta N Mark Castro is arranging the presentation of samples”.
Accordingly,”N Mark Castro is a Jakarta-based Filipino investment and management consultant, who conducted the ground work in Indonesia and is connected with the possible importers”.
Importantly, Ilocos Region accounted for the majority of production of the Philippine onions at 99.8%. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that “onion production of during the fourth quarter of 2018 rose 1% to 9.32 thousand metric tons (MT)”.
Future outlooks for onions
DA will target at least 80-90% of onion productions to meet the demand through adding cold storage facilities.
“We’re hoping to build about 8 to 10 units of cold storage facilities for next year solely for onions,” Mr. Piñol said.