Profit solution expected in National Mango Congress next week
Profitability and cooperation will be the top agenda among mango growers and stakeholders at the 18th National Mango Congress in Laoag City on March 15 to 17.
High production cost and low prices during mango season are the reasons authorities have been pleading to growers to time their harvests, the Manila Bulletin reported.
In Luzon, the bulk of the mango harvest is in April and May.
However, growers in the Visayas and Mindanao also harvest in the same months, which plunges prices to extremely low levels to the frustration of growers and the delight of processors.
The Bulletin said growers in Luzon cannot postpone their production but those in Mindanao can.
Virgie de la Fuente, president of the Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (MIFI), told the Bulletin an Instant Quick Facility would be established in northern Luzon very soon to help improve prices of mango and its products at the local and export markets.
De La Fuente said an IQF freezes farm produce in 3 to 5 minutes while retaining its freshness and nutrients when the products are sold.
The facility could also be used for other fruits like jackfruit, guyabano, dragon fruit, banana, and strawberry as well as high-value vegetables.
In the meantime, the Bulletin said De la Fuente is in talks with factories in Vietnam with IQF so that mango growers in the Philippines could send their fresh mangoes to Vietnam from quick freezing and for eventual export abroad.
That way, local growers could dictate prices better.
Vietnam is currently quick freezing baby corn, sweet corn, snack fresh soybeans and various vegetables for export.