Drought, pests to cut banana exports this year
El Niño, pest infestation and the recurrence of diseases in farms would make it difficult for banana exports to recover this year, an industry group said over the weekend.
Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) Executive Director Stephen Antig told the BusinessMirror that his group is not so optimistic this year due to a number of challenges confronting the banana sector.
“Production is expected to drop due to strong El Niño, increase in the cost of plant nutrition and management of pests and diseases, and harassment by certain elements [rebel groups harassing big plantations in Mindanao],” Antig said.
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