The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is planning a large-scale expansion in the production of avocado and jackfruit. For this, it is eyeing 200,000 hectares of upland areas.
Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said in a statement on Friday: “Over the next five years, MinDA will target 100,000 hectares for each of the two crops… and (generate) estimated earnings of $2 billion every year. These two crops will be introduced as agro-industrial commodities in commercial scale and volume, instead of just backyard fruit trees for family consumption.”
The proposal is part of the Mindanao Greening Program, which aims to develop agricultural industries while rehabilitating and protecting the highlands from denudation.
Among the expected participants are Mindanao representatives of national agencies, farmers’ cooperatives, government financing institutions, and multinational and domestic companies such as Dole Philippines, Inc. and Dizon Farms, which can serve as consolidators and buyers. The specific varieties being considered are the Hass avocado and the Abuyog Sweet jackfruit.