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San Juan said, DA together with saba stakeholders proposed abudgetof P84.6 millionfor the next four years to support the production of saba bananastarting year2014 up to 2017 which is subject forthe approvalof the government.

This amount is to correct the previous news released that the P84.6 million is proposed for one year only.
The proposed four year program fund will prioritize the production research and development, which is necessary to achieve high export quality saba banana produce; postharvest and marketing to avoid postharvest loses and increase the income of the farmers; and regional banana extension and institutional development to equip our banana farmers with knowledge on banana production.

The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reported that 41 percent of the total area planted with saba nationwide is located in Mindanao. In terms of volume production, 61 percent of saba is produced in Mindanao. Based on a separate study of Medium and Small Scale Industries Coordinated Action Program (MASICAP), 35 percent of the total saba produce in Mindanao is processed into banana chips.

San Juan said that to constantly support the export milestone of Saba banana, Davao region is targeting about 11, 155 hectares for expansion. These potential areas are found in Davao Oriental with the potential area of 6,000 hectares, Davao del Sur with 2,000 hectares, Davao del Nortewith 1, 280 hectares, CompostelaValleywith 1,000 hectares and Davao Citywith 875hectares.

The roadmap workshop was attended by Banana industry stakeholders that include Local Government Unit representatives in the region, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), private sector and saba growers. (LLBocado/Aggie Media Service)