Solon pushes for a five-year mango development plan
House Deputy Speaker Sharon Garin has called on the crafting of a five-year development plan for the local mango industry, raising concerns over the continuing decline in output of one of the country’s major fruit exports.
“The recent performance of the country’s mango industry is a call for the government to take action and help improve its standing by instituting far-reaching policies that would genuinely develop the national fruit’s productivity, marketability, and viability,” she said in a Manila Bulletin report.
The solon called on the House Committee on Agriculture and Food to act on her measure in reviving the robust performance of the Philippine mango industry.
Garin lamented that mango production slid by 9.4 percent within the first quarter of 2018 to 97.70 thousand metric tons from the dame period last year.
This trend can be seen as early as 2015, with the volume of production reaching 148.85 metric tons and dropping to 116.98 metric tons or as much as 21.4% in the first quarter of 2016.
Mango is a big contributor in the country’s outbound fruit shipment in both volume and value. Both fresh and dried mangoes are delivered mostly to the United States, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Canada, and the United Kingdom.