Bad weather conditions here are negatively impacting the production of mangoes and causing a lot of anxiety as the summer season draws near, specially because the fruit is considered a signature product of the province.
Zambales Provincial Agriculture head Russel Quitaneg said that research data showed a significant drop in mango production not only in Zambales but the entire Central Luzon.
According to Quitaneg, the primary cause was the changing weather patterns brought about by global warming, where a historical shift in climate has been felt around these parts.
"Sometimes there is not enough rain, sometimes there is too much. And they no longer happen when you expect them to" he said.
Quitaneg cited their experience on October to December 2019 when rain suddenly started pouring just as the mango trees were flourishing.