Growers see less and smaller mangoes this year
Mango harvest may be down by at least 20 percent this year due to typhoons that damaged trees in Central Luzon in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The Philippines produced 902,740 metric tons in 2015.
BusinessMirror, quoting the Philippine Mango Exporters Foundation Inc. (PMEFI), reported that typhoons damaged trees that were already in the flowering and fruiting stages.
The damaged trees account for 70 percent of fruits that were supposed to be harvested between late January and early March.
PMEFI said Central Luzon produces about 65 percent of total Philippine mango output.
PMEFI president Roberto Amores told BusinessMirror that affected mango growers in Central Luzon were only able to start floral induction late in December.
Amores said mango season will be shortened by more than 60 days, which means the projected 20 percent decline in harvest is a “conservative estimate.”
He said the regular harvest will start in the first week of April until June.
He also said mango fruits would be smaller and cheaper, which means less income for exporters and processors.