Mango sector gets P15m
By Anna Leah G. Estrada
The Agriculture Department allocated P15 million to support the initiatives of a national mango farmer’s group in boosting production this year.
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the amount would finance the projects of the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc.
The budget would support planting of recommended mango seedlings, provision of post-harvest equipment and facilities, marketing assistance and capacity-building of PMIFI members, especially provincial mango growers’ associations and cooperatives.
The agency also provided P5 million worth of farm equipment and inputs to boost the mango industry.
High Value Crops Development Program coordinator Jennifer Remoquillo said the department aimed to help prop up the mango industry by providing needed interventions to attain major targets under the mango commodity road map.
These include increasing production and exports of fresh and processed mangoes by 5 percent annually and raising annual per capita mango consumption from 8.5 kilograms to 11.5 kilograms.
The country produced 767,851 metric tons of mangoes last year and exported $58 million worth of fresh and dried mangoes to various countries from January to October 2012. Source Manila Standard Today
Published: Zarai Media Team