Edameme soybean now in PH

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Edameme, the popular young soybean in Japan is finally here in the country.

The soybean is planted in a 20-hectare farm located in Barrio Talipapa, Cabanatuan City. It is a joint project of Top Shelf Corporation and multiple North Luzon farmers cooperatives, whose produce will be exported to Japan.

Top Shelf Corporation is a company formed by young farmers Raphael Pelayo, Elaine Timbol and Jeff Fernandez. The firm seeks to expand edamame production to 500-700 hectares in two years and export to South Korea, Australia and the United States as well. The farms would be located in Central Luzon, Ilocos Region and Region 2.

Edamame is Japanese means “beans on a branch” and often found in East Asian cuisine sold both in the pod and hulled. The crop is ready for harvest after only 62 days.

The edamame initiative was in response to Agriculture Secretary William Dar’s call for land and farm consolidation prioritizing agriculture as an industry.