DA wants to revive Guimaras’ mango industry
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it wants to revive the mango industry of Guimaras, which will be backed by a good market and fair pricing system.
“Seeing the high export potential of the Philippine mangoes especially that of Guimaras, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol planned out strategies to support the local growers and stakeholders,” the DA said in a statement.
Piñol recently asked some experts to teach farmers in Guimaras on how to rehabilitate old mango trees and those trees which are over sprayed with chemical pesticides.
Once rejuvenated, a tree can have a higher yield from the current average of 500 kilograms to 1.5 metric tons (MT).
Provincial Agriculturist Ronnie Morante explained that majority of the mango growers in the province lack the financial resources, have no access to quality bagging materials, and have difficulty in curbing pests and diseases incidents.
These problems resulted in the decline in Guimaras’ mango production from 12,732 MT in 2006 to 11,238 MT last year.
Morante also mentioned that during peak months, which fall from November to June, the farm gate price of mangoes is only around P45 to P60 per kilo.
Because of this, Piñol called out the support of an investor, and the local leaders to help the mango farmers obtain good market price, sufficient support for the trees rehabilitation, and to ensure an increase in production.