Last weekend, a Regional Good Agricultural Practice team conducted an orientation-seminar for the Mango Growers Association of Orani, Bataan at Bataan Peninsula State Univertsity, Orani. According to team lead Angel Tulabut, the growers requested the orientation-seminar so that they will be GAP certified. A total of 30 mango growers participated in the seminar.
Aside from the usual crops that need GAP certification, one of the significant fruits being grown in Central Luzon is the mango. Known to be one of the sweetest in the world, Philippine mangoes are not just popular locally; they are renowned worldwide.
"Their market such as Dizon Farm and other supermarkets warrants them to be GAP certified, and we also want to impart knowledge to the farmers regarding the various aspects of mango farming, and at the moment, the export markets demand for GAP certification," Tulabut said.
Topics discussed during the seminar were Philippine National Standard for Mango from planting up to post-harvest, Republic Act 10611 or the Strengthening of the Food Safety Act of the Philippines, Cultural Management Practices on how to attain competitive products, Mitigation of Climate Change in adoption of new technologies for environmental management, Protection of the welfare of the farmers engage in farm activities and the Certification process on how to attain GAP certification.
According to sunstar.com.ph, in the third week of November, the group will be inspected for the final certification.