Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Mango congress to focus on competitiveness of PHL fruit.
Mango growers in Mindanao are urging more production areas to be developed in the region as it is also a suitable area for growing the produce.
The viability of Mindanao, as well as strategies to increase the competitiveness of Philippine mangoes in export markets are among the highlights of this year’s 13th National Mango Congress.
The congress will kick off on Sept. 28 with the theme, “Positioning the Philippine Mango Strongly in the World Market.”
“We would like to highlight this subregion, especially Sarangani, as a viable location for off-season mango production,” said Fred Dumasis, president of the Sarangani Federation of Fruit Industry Associations Inc., lead organizer of the congress in a statement.
Luzon remains the country’s primary producer of carabao mangoes, accounting for 64 percent of production, while Mindanao accounts for 23 percent, according to the Mindanao Fruit Industry Council (MinFruit).
Dumasis said Mindanao’s contiguous production areas and agro-climatic conditions, particularly in the southern part of the region, make it an ideal location for year-round, typhoon-free mango production.
He also pointed out investment opportunities in mango industry support services, such as hot-water treatment and vapor-heat treatment plants and packing houses.
The conference will also provide updates on export-market requirements, the latest production technologies and best production practices. It will also showcase areas in Mindanao with the potential for mango production.
About 500 growers, processors, consolidators, exporters and ancillary service providers from across the country are expected to attend the congress, which will be held in the resort town of Glan in Sarangani province, an emerging mango producer and tourist destination in southern Mindanao.
Conference delegates will submit recommendations to the national government on how industry stakeholders and government agencies can work together to ensure the mango industry’s continued growth and expansion.
Japan and Hong Kong remain the biggest buyers of Philippine mangoes, accounting for 51 percent and 31 percent, respectively, of mango exports, according to a recent report of MinFruit.
Other countries where Philippine mangoes have gained a market foothold are South Korea, the United States, Singapore and China.
The National Mango Congress is supported by MinFruit, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
USAID, through its Growth with Equity in Mindanao Program, has partnered with MinFruit and the DA to enhance the production methods used by fruit and vegetable farmers across Mindanao, while linking them with prospective local and foreign buyers.
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