Iloilo province, Philippines

Lambunao municipality sets out to revive banana industry

Banana is the One Town, One Product of Lambunao municipality, as tagged by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Local Economic Development and Investments Promotion (LEDIP) officer Arlene Lavilla: “We conceptualized an activity that could awaken our people here in Lambunao about bananas. We will introduce anything out of bananas.”

The LEDIP officer said the municipality has a lot of banana producers and their products are being exported locally to other local government units in the province. Lavilla said while the product has already reached other municipalities, it still needs to be popularized among locals.

Municipal agriculturist Pablito Leal said currently Lambunao has 3,423 farmers engaged in planting bananas covering an area of around 810 hectares. He added that banana as an OTOP focused on the “lakatan” variety, which did not prosper unfortunately after it was hit by a disease called bunchy top (plant virus).


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