First pineapples shipment from South Cotabato arrives in US
The first shipment of pineapples from Region 12 finally reached the United States, which will be followed by another shipment this month.
Ramon Manansala, a fruit producer and consolidator based in South Cotabato province, said in a report from the Philippine News Agency that they made their maiden shipment of high quality fresh MG3 pineapples to Saipan last week through the assistance of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Region 12.
Manansala, who is also the chair of RM Fruitz International, said they initially sent 9 metric tons (MT) of pineapples to Saipan, which will be followe by another 18 MT next week.
The company was particularly assisted by DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division, University of the Philippines Los Baños, and the municipal agriculture office of Tupi.
Milagros Casis, DA-12 regional executive director, said the shipment of fresh pineapples to Saipan shows that the region’s products are of top quality and could compete in the foreign markets.
Aside from pineapples, RM Fruitz has been also exporting solo Papaya to Hong Kong and South Korea.
The company has also helped a group of organic banana producers from Tupi export their produce to Japan, the report said.