|Sooner Philippine Mangoes to Australia|
|Written by DA-Press Office|
|Wednesday, 18 August 2010 05:04|
Fresh mango from the area of Davao del Sur will now be accepted by the Australian government. In a report submitted to the Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, Plant Industry Director Clarito M.Baron said that Biosecurity Australia advisory dated 13 August 2010 announces the extension of existing policy for the importation of fresh mango fruits from the Philippines and inclusion of other additional growing area of Davao del Sur in Mindanao.
Baron said Australia has existing policy of the for importation of grouch mango fruit from the country which only allows imports from Guimaras Island and the country have requested the extension of the market access for fresh mangoes fruits and made Davao del Sur as an additional growing area.
The BPI head said Biosecurity Australia has prepared a report drawing upon existing policies for fresh mango fruits from India, Haiti, Mexico the Philippines principally Guimaras Island in the Visayas and Taiwan taking also into considerations the pests.
The report, he added, also considers existing commercial mango production practices in Davao del Sur in conjunction with existing policies, assesses the potential for entry, establishment, spread and consequences association with quarantine pests and diseases of mango fruits and recommended the quarantine measures being implemented at Guimaras Island.
This, according to Barron, is the product of long term cleanliness policy and quarantine practices the bureau of plant industry is implementing coupled with stringent crop management measure his bureau is doing in Davao del Sur.
Before the start of the trade, Biosecurity Services Group (BSG) will visit mango production areas in the Davao del Sur to audit the operational procedures, treatment facilities and area freedom protocols before mangoes can be exported to Australia.
Quarantine measures recommended for mangoes form Davao del Sur includes
· Recognition and maintenance of pest free areas
· Pre-export phytosanitary certification by the Bureau of Plant Industry and on-arrival inspection by BSG
· Pre-export vapor heat treatment, and
· Operational systems to maintain and verify phytosanitary status.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 December 2010 02:57|