OFW SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE AS RED OKRA GROWER
Agriculture|September - October 2020
OKRA (Abelmoschus esculentus) or “lady’s finger” is a tall-growing vegetable that thrives in areas with tropical climates, like the Philippines. It contains high nutritional value that is good for the body. In Filipino households, it can be served in several ways: steamed, sautéed, fried, and sometimes eaten raw. The green okra is frequently used and seen in the country, but the vegetable actually comes in two colors: green and red. Have you ever tried or encountered red okra? If not, let’s learn a bit about from a grower himself:
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AN EDUCATOR AND RED OKRA GROWER

Fascinated and amazed by its color, Rinse Galupo, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Thailand, immediately bought red okra seeds when he first came across them in a farm abroad.

Galupo, who hails from Negros Occidental, brought his red okra seeds to the Philippines and started growing them on his farm in Iloilo. Because of the flight restrictions brought by COVID-19, he hasn’t been able to go back to Thailand, which has enabled him to concentrate on his farm. Last year, Galupo and his partner started developing their farm named RBG Farm & Resort and now, they’re planning to open it soon to the public.

From an early age, he has had easy access to the fields, allowing him to learn farming practices and embrace the importance of growing food and taking care of the environment.

Aside from his farm, he also built a home garden in Thailand where he was able to produce bananas, camote tops, coconuts, malunggay, sweet potato, taro, and other crops before he traveled back to the Philippines for a vacation. The harvested fruits and veggies from his Thai garden are sold to fellow Filipinos abroad.

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