The Mango Industry in the country represented by its president Virginia dela Fuente of Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (PMIF) explained during a press conference in the 19th Mango Congress in Cagayan de Oro City that mango growers need to prune and fertilize to boost their productivity in the next years as demand is still very high.
During the Mango Congress from 27-29 November 2017, growers from all over the country tackled issues such as low productivity and the need to use new technologies to increase shelf life of mango especially for export.
Other countries such as Vietnam have adopted a technology of producing frozen food through OctoFrost, dela Fuente said.
She shared that there was a serious drop of mango output for the whole country in 2016. Two main reasons include mango growers have not done pruning and fertilization for several years.
Meanwhile, Hazel Pontilan, president of Cagayan Misamis Oriental Bukidnon Mango Growers Association (CMBMANGA) shared that there is also less productivity due to climate change. She explained that mangoes are tropical fruit and they grow under the heat of the sun, however, as typhoons have come in Northern Mindanao, this affected output of their mangoes.
Although, in terms of help from the government, she said that the Department of Agriculture (DA) region 10 has helped them a lot in terms of training and provision of seedlings.
On the other hand, dela Fuente mentioned that since mango has high perishability, their group has established fruit production insurance program. Among the projects they are also looking forward to is the establishment of demo farm for those who want to get into the mango business, they can have two weeks’ seminar and training.
The Mango Industry is a big industry in the country. Dela Fuente said that in 2007 alone, the country has produced one million metric tons equivalent to P50 billion worth in sales. Although in 2016, only 400,000 metric tons were produced. In five years’ time, they aim to produce three million metric tons or three billion kilos worth of mangoes.
Meanwhile, 70% of the sales come from dried mangoes. In the entire country, Luzon produces 2/3 of the mangoes while Visayas and Mindanao produce 1/3. (JMOR/PIA10)