by Philippine News Agency
May 12, 2015
JORDAN, Guimaras –- The provincial government here is hoping to start growing organic mangoes next year to make the product more competitive in the market.
Governor Samuel Gumarin said that there are other sectors, especially private growers in the province that have already considered organic production which is labour intensive.
Meanwhile, provincial agriculturist Ronnie Morante disclosed that they are currently working on a protocol for the development of organic mangoes. He admitted though that they are having a hard time because they are used to growing mangoes using the conventional style.
The protocol still needs to be tested, evaluated and its economics evaluated in comparison with the current method of growing mangoes, he added.
The development of the protocol is tied up with the mango research center.
Earlier, agriculture regional technical director Joyce Wendam urged the province to increase its area for organic agriculture.
She disclosed that organic production makes the products more competitive, provides higher income and is much healthier.
“Our mango here in Guimaras is not purely organic. We would like to request the farmers that they have to go organic if not 100 percent, we have to reduce the use of chemicals,” Wendam said.
By going organic, the local farmers’ products can compete globally and they can prepare Guimaras for the forthcoming Asean Economic Cooperation (AEC), she added.
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