Mango Packaging Center opens in Ilocos Sur
It was in 2015 when the Cabugao Mango Farmers and Multi-Purpose Association (CMFMPA) proposed for a Production and Marketing of Fresh Carabao Mangoes under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).
After almost three years of repeated revisions of subproject proposal, the infrastructure of the enterprise was finally completed and awarded to the CMFMPA.
The enterprise, which has a total worth of P13 million, includes the construction of a Mango Packaging Center in the Municipality of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur.
The Mango Packaging Center is targeted to reduce post-harvest losses and to provide a multi-purpose area for mango farmers to conduct pre-marketing activities (i.e. sorting, grading, and packing) for the production of high quality mangoes to access and cater export markets.
Faith Sabio, President of the CMFMPA, expressed gratitude to the PRDP as well as to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur and Municipal Government of Cabugao.
She said that the CMFMPA will do its best to sustain the enterprise.
The mango farmers have been anticipating the completion of the mango packaging center and the full accomplishment of the mango enterprise for almost a year now.
The enterprise is a dream come true for farmers which have been experiencing challenges in growing mangoes for the past years because of the infestation of Cecid fly, a statement showed.
The enterprise is the first of its kind proposed under the PRDP.