Banana producers urged to expand due to supply gap

BANANA producers in Mindanao and elsewhere in the country should expand plantation areas to take advantage of the supply gap in Japan reportedly triggered by the so-called “Banana Morning Diet” there, a lawmaker from a banana-producing province in the southern Philippines urged.

North Cotabato Representative Emmylou TaliĀ¤o-Mendoza said the growing popularity of the diet over the past six months has sent bananas flying of supermarket racks in Japan faster than they could be replenished.

“The Banana Morning Diet has become fashionable in Japan on account of strong endorsements by celebrities there who have attributed their sudden weight loss to the regimen,” she said in a statement last week.

Conceptualized by a pharmacist in Osaka, the regimen reportedly starts with a banana (or as many as desired) with a glass of room temperature water for breakfast and anything for lunch and dinner.

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