WITH OVER 2.5 million farmers in it, the mango industry in the country is considered one of the backbone industries of the local agriculture sector.
The Carabao mango variety is among the country’s vital export products. Known on the international market as the “Manila Super” mango, it is considered one of the best varieties in the world.
It has very high potential as an export commodity, whether fresh or in processed form. It ranks third among the country’s exports in terms of volume, with a production of about 885,000 metric tons, and area coverage, which is about 188,100 hectares. These figures, according to a report by the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2015, place mango next to the production volume of banana and pineapple.
Industry challenges: However, industry problems have greatly affected its performance in the international market. Specifically, its declining yield and quality could be attributed to pests and diseases, poor nutrient and water management, low adoption of improved technologies, and high post harvest losses.
Other industry problems include difficulty in farm operations due to the large size of the Carabao mango tree, non-assurance that planting materials sold in nurseries are true-to-type Carabao mango, and the high cost of production due to inefficient pesticide application.
Aside from these setbacks, there are policy issues and concerns that impede the advancement of the mango industry.
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