Philippines: Higher mango output eyed

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is aiming to increase the yield of mango by 8% by the year 2016, producing 4.7 metric tons (MT) per hectare compared with 4.35 per hectare in 2013.

If this is achieved, based on Bureau of Agricultural Statistics data, mango production would reach 882,838 MT by 2016 at last year’s planting hectarage, or an increase of 8.16% compared with 2013 production. The Philippines produced 816,199 MT of mango last year.

“Let us zero in on mango. We have all the plus factors, right soil and climate for year-round production, and one of the best mango varieties in the world like the Carabao mango,” Agriculture Sec. Proceso J. Alcala was quoted as saying in a press release.

Last year, the country planted 187,838 hectares with the high-value crop, a slight decrease from 188,617 in 2012, although production still went up by 6.24% year-on-year. The increase was attributed to the absence of calamities in major producing regions.

The Ilocos Region is the country’s top mango-producing region, producing 32% of the country’s output last year.

Mango production makes up 1.91% of the total value of production in agriculture at constant prices. Production value was recorded at P14.85 billion in 2013.

The Philippines’ processed mango export was valued at $35.33 million in 2013, while dried mango exports were valued at $30.76 million.

Meanwhile, Mr. Alcala said that the DA is partnering with the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc. in a P15.6 million “Mango Producers Empowerment Program” to be implemented in 22 provinces in the country.

Mr. Alcala said the DA has completed a series of consultations with the mango industry, and the department can now “focus on speeding up the procurement process for the various supports” they have agreed on.

Recently, the United States Animal Plant Health Inspection service has cleared all Philippine provinces for mango exports to the US, except Palawan.


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