|Export prospects bright for banana, mango|
|Written by DA-OSEC|
|Monday, 16 June 2014 00:32|
The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) said yesterday that with the ongoing negotiations for the export of Philippine banana to US territories such as Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Hawaii, export prospects for locally grown bananas look bright.
BPI Director Clarito Barron said export of bananas from Mindanao to the US “will definitely lead to an increase in the country’s revenue and therefore boost our banana industry.”
The initial commercial export of Philippine bananas to Continental US was shipped to San Diego, California on August 20, 2013. A total of 486 cartons (6.561 MT) of highland Cavendish Dole Sweet bananas sourced from Bukidnon was sent to the US.
According to Barron, through the BPI’s Plant Quarantine Services (PQS), the creation of market opportunities through bilateral relations with importing and exporting countries and conduct of pest risk analyses has been successfully facilitated.
The BPI director meanwhile added that being declared as Freedom Area for Mango Pulp and Seed Weevil by the US government through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on February 8, 2013 is indeed a good development, as this would give the Philippines the privilege to source mango for export in the USA in any of its provinces, except Palawan, and would entice other countries to import our mango.
Mango pulp weevil (MPW) and mango seed weevil (MSW) are pests that attack the pulp and seed of the mango fruit, respectively, rendering it inedible.
The Special Commodity of Understanding for the Importation to Australia of fresh mango fruit from the Philippines was officially signed at the Philippines Australia Agriculture Forum held in Canberra, Australia on July 9, 2013.
Mangoes from Guimaras and Samal Islands, as well as Davao del Sur entered the Australian market on June 8, 2013. The Six shipments from June 8 to July 10, 2013 to Melbourne and Adelaide, has a total volume of 4.76 metric tons (MT) and is equivalent to a total value of US $14,587. This signals the acceptance of the Australian government of the country’s mango not only sourced from the Island of Guimaras but to other areas as well, as a result of regular bilateral talks with Australian government, Barron said.
Before being declared MPW and MSW free, BPI conducted a nationwide low monitoring survey for MPW and MSW in different areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
The survey was done in 15 regions and 50 mango-growing provinces. Six regions and 20 provinces were surveyed in Luzon; three regions and 10 provinces in Visayas and; six regions and 20 provinces in Mindanao.
The BPI Plant Quarantine Services are closely monitoring several areas nationwide based on their proximity to weevil-infested areas and the intensity of movement of agricultural commodities and sea and air travellers. These areas included Batangas, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Northern Palawan, Aklan, Antique, Guimaras, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, SOCSARGEN, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-tawi.
Due to BPI’s commitment in the eradication of the said pests, out of 104,155 trees and 1,040,100 fruits targeted for sampling and collection, a total of 101,971 trees were sampled and 1,009,123 fruits were collected and dissected resulting in a 96.85 percent accomplishment for trees and 96.89 percent accomplishment for fruits for the year 2013.
Reference: Director Clarito Barron Contact Nos.:0919679005/09209632958
|Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 00:33|