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PHILIPPINES : Mango output up 8.9% in Q3–PSA


by Mary Grace Padin - December 12, 2015

THE country’s mango production for the third quarter of 2015 rose by 8.9 percent to 64,204 metric tons (MT), from 58,978 MT recorded in the same period last year, according to a report published by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Based on the PSA report, the improvement in production could be attributed to the increase in the number of trees grown in Zamboanga Peninsula and the Caraga region, the application of organic fertilizer in Eastern Visayas and an increment in the fruits harvested in the Bicol region, Mimaropa and Northern Mindanao. The top mango-producing region during the period was Central Visayas with 17,653 MT or 27.5-percent share of the total output. This was followed by Zamboanga Peninsula with 14,764 MT and Northern Mindanao with 11,975 MT. Carabao mango comprised the bulk, or 79 percent, of the total mango production during the July-to-September period.

Despite the increase in production during t…

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COP21: Nicaragua refuses to make climate pledge at Paris talks

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It has been a while since the 6m people of Nicaragua did much to attract global attention.

But the Central American state burst on to the world stage at this week’s climate change conference in Paris when it became the first nation to declare it had no intention of publishing a national plan to combat global warming.


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That would be “a path to failure” said Paul Oquist, Managua’s lead negotiator, explaining his country did not want to be a part of a process dooming the world to “the hell” of dangerous global warming.

More than 180 of the 195 countries involved in the Paris talks have volunteered a plan to combat climate change since March as part of an effort to forge a new global accord to stop global temp…