Summit scheduled for mango industry

MANGO industry stakeholders are set to stage a summit next week to look into the concerns of the sector.

Richard Olores, president of Samahang Magmamangga ng Davao Region Inc. (SMDRI), said in Wednesdays @ Habi at Kape in Abreeza Mall that the event would be conducted on Oct. 19-20 at Grand Men Seng Hotel.

This, Olores said, is the first regional summit for the industry.

Wilfredo Sebuco, secretary of SMDRI, said the objective of this is to formulate policy guidelines for the mango industry. He said among those include the need to address the dwindling production and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Records from Philippine Statistics Authority bared that mango production in the region dropped to 52,765 metric tons last year from 54, 336 metric tons in 2015.

“We will identify emerging concerns of the industry,” Sebuco said.

He said land conversion was among the problems that attributed on the decline of the production. The farms, he said, have been replaced to become as residential areas eventually.

The residential areas, he said, have been mushrooming as most places allowed to pursue land conversion.

To boost the production, the Department of Agriculture is intensifying their efforts. The agency provided fertilizers and necessary technology for the growers.

The SMDRI also pushed on the need to address the problem on middlemen.

“With DA’s trading center in Toril, we hope that produce will be bought directly from the farmers,” Sebuco said.

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