16th National Mango Confab held
Mango stakeholders from all over the country convened at Hotel Crisbelle in Digos City, Davao del Sur recently for the 16th National Mango Congress.
The three-day confab with the theme “ Retooling the Philippine Mango Industry through strong, united and empowered mango stakeholders” aims to improve production of mango as well as its post-harvest technologies, especially disease control and elimination, supply chain logistics and market linkages.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala in his message delivered by High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) National Director Jennifer Remoquillo said that presently mango was one of the top performing subsectors, having grown to 9.6 percent.
He added that as of the first semester of 2014, agriculture’s gross value added (GVA) grew by two percent which is much higher than the 0.9 growth achieved in the first half of 2013.
He said that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) announced a double-digit growth in total agro-based exports, as sales receipts totaled $447.2 million in July which is 20.7 percent higher than $370.6 million a year earlier.
“Let us zero in on mango. We have all the plus factors, right soil and climate for year-round production, and one of the best mango varieties in the world like the Carabao mango. We expect the mango industry to further speed up growth as we target a 4.7 metric tons (MT) per hectare growth by 2016,” Alcala said.
Base on the record of National Statistics Office (NSO) for 2013, mango hectares stands at 187,900 hectares that produced 816.2 MT, a 6.24 percent increase attributed to absence of calamities in major producing regions.
Fresh mangoes export volume reached 7,886 MT in 2013 valued to worth $13.29 million, for dried mangoes, 3,800 MT valued at $30.76 million and processed mango, 28,000 MT valued to $35.33 million.
He added that the DA partnered with Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (PMIFI) in a P15.6 million Mango Producers Empowerment Program which will be implemented in 22 provinces all over the country.
“Now that we have finished our series of consultative meetings as well as reactivation meetings with mango growers associations, we can now focus on speeding up the procurement process for the various supports we have agreed on,” he said.
He also bared that the ruling of the United States Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) expanding the list of areas in the Philippines said to be free of mango seed weevil and mango pulp weevil formally took effect on October 1, 2014.
“Before, the US accepted only Philippine mangoes coming from Guimaras. From now on it will accept mangoes coming from all provinces of Philippines except Palawan,” Alcala said.
He added, “with these pieces of good news, I look forward to an even more inspired and vigorous partnership between the DA and the mango industry.” (Aggie Media Service)