ARMM wants bigger share of mango chips market
Maguindanao is taking advantage of the peaking mango harvest in April and May by equipping farmers’ cooperatives with mango chips drying facilities.
The Philippine Information Authority reported that the Department of Agriculture in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DA-ARMM) turned over a mango chips dryer to Green Valley Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MPC) in Marigalupa, Parang and Masaganang Kabuhayan MPC in Bugawas, Datu Odin Sinsuat.
Each dryer costs P500,000 and can process 75 kilograms of mango in 45 to 60 minutes.
It can be operated by liquefied petroleum gas or electricity.
Members of the cooperatives will undergo training and dry run before the peak of mango harvest.
Two more farmers’ cooperatives – the Rural Improvement Club of Jolo in Sulu and Lupah Pula Farmers and Fisherfolk Marketing Cooperative in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi – will also be given mango chips drying equipment.
Drying mangoes or processing them guarantees producers higher income instead of selling them fresh at very low prices.