The Department of Agriculture has encouraged farmers to plant edamame or young soybean, citing its fast-growing demand in the Japan export market.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said edamame is the best alternative high-value crop from which farmers can earn high income. He added that during dry season after rice cropping, farmers can diversify in growing high-value crops such as edamame. It is resistant to hot weather and can be harvested within 62 days, making it sustainable cash crop for Filipino farmers.
Dar led the initial harvest of the young soybean for the first time in the country in Barangay Talipapa, Nueva Ecija.
Edamame beans are whole, immature soybeans, sometimes referred to as vegetable-type soybeans. They are green and differ in color from regular soybeans, which are typically light brown, tan or beige.