Agri experts find ways to fight mango diseases
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) are experimenting on how to combat diseases that affect the production of mangoes.
ACIAR and PCAARRD have funded the research and development of integrated crop management for mango production in the southern Philippines and Australia to prevent pre- and post-harvest diseases such as anthracnose and stem-end rot.
In Tagum City, PCAARRD is experimenting on the use of endophytic fungi for the control of pre- and postharvest diseases in mango.
In Davao del Norte, mango canopy and fertilizer management trials are being implemented.
A parallel trial on mango canopy and fertilizer management is also being prepared in an experimental orchard in Buhangin, Malita in Davao del Sur.
The projects intend to gather best practices and disseminate them to farmers and extension workers.
The Philippine ‘Carabao’ mango is also one of the best varieties in the world.
The Food and Agriculture Organization estimated production at 783,225 metric tons combined for mangoes, mangosteens and guavas in 2012.