Skip to main content

PHILIPPINES : National mango congress set in Laoag City














by Zac Sarian


March 9, 2016







Once again the mango stakeholders are holding the annual National Mango Congress. This time it will be on March 15 to 17 in Laoag City with the mango growers headed by Mango King Ricardo Tolentino as host.





Once again, the problem of profitability for the farmers are expected to be brought out and as in previous mango congresses, cooperation among growers in Luzon, Visayas




In Luzon, particularly in the north, the bulk of mango harvest comes in the months of April and May. And if the Mindanao growers also time their harvest in the same months, prices inevitably tumble to unprofitable levels.




image: http://www.mb.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/A71.jpg








BETTER HARVEST AT THE CONGRESS – Charlie Meridores will be one of the exhibitors of inputs for the mango industry at the mango congress in Laoag City on March 15-17. He will exhibit Better Harvest, a crop enhancer that makes mango trees more fruitful. The product prevents fruit drop and the mature mangoes become bigger and sweeter. Photo shows him explaining his product to visitors at the 17th National Mango Congress in Cebu last year.







The only players in the industry who would rejoice would be the processors who will be able to buy their requirements at as low as P8 to P10 per kilo despite the fact that the cost of production is more than that. The problem is that in Luzon, the growers cannot postpone the bulk of production. On the other hand, the growers in Mindanao can because of their particular weather conditions.





Virgie de la Fuente, president of the Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (MIFI), has also been urging the mango growers to cooperate with one another so that they only supply to the processors mango fruits with stipulated prices before delivery.




She tells of sad experiences in the past that when the processors find out that there is a bumper harvest, they will lower their buying drastically. Virgie has had preliminary talks with factories in Vietnam with IQF or Instant Quick Freeze facilities. The MIFI will export the fresh mangoes to Vietnam for eventual export to Europe and elsewhere. Hopefully, the local processors will not be able to dictate the low price that they usually want.




Speaking of IQF, this is the latest technology that has many possibilities not only for mango but also with other fruits and high-value vegetables. Freezing is really quick with IQF compared to blast freezing which has been in the market for many years. In IQF, the commodity is frozen in a matter of 3 to 5 minutes, according to Virgie, compared to about an hour in the case of blast freezing.





The great advantage of IQF is that the quick-frozen farm produce retains its freshness and nutrients when it reaches the end user abroad. In the province of An Giang in Vietnam, Antesco is a big company with IQF facilities that can quick freeze no less than 12.5 tons in one hour. The main commodities that they are freezing now are baby corn, sweet corn, snack fresh soybeans and various vegetables for export. There is only a little amount of mangoes because of lack of supply.





Meanwhile, Virgie revealed that an IQF facility is slated to be established in Northern Luzon very soon. This could be an important facility that could add value to mango harvests aimed at the local and export markets. It will also provide other opportunities for the quick-freezing of other fruits like jackfruit, guyabano, dragon fruit, banana, strawberry as well as a lot of vegetables.




Virgie revealed that the chief executive of the company that supplies IQF machines will do a presentation of the technology before attendees of the mango congress.







MARKETPLACE – By the way, the mango congress is a marketplace not only of technologies and ideas but also of commercial inputs needed by the industry. These include fertilizers, growth enhancers, crop protection products, machineries and equipment. One of the exhibitors is Charlie Meridores whose Better Harvest can significantly improve mango productivity. When sprayed on the tree with flowers, it prevents fruit drop and the fruits become bigger and sweeter.





PROVINCIAL SUPPORT – Gov. Imee Marcos is giving her all-out support to the mango congress. She is very much concerned about the mango industry in the north. In fact the province at one time provided P5 million to fertilize 100,000 mango trees and that resulted in an 18 percent increase in production.




Meanwhile, Ricardo Tolentino quipped during the mango congress in Cebu last year that no registration fee of P2,000 will be charged to those coming from Visayas and Mindanao. The catch is that they should arrive in Laoag five days before the congress. Was that a joke?






Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/national-mango-congress-set-in-laoag-city/#5lPAkTH6DOPfgYdZ.99





Popular posts from this blog

MEET MELANIA TRUMP: The 5'11" supermodel married to Donald Trump

Aly Weisman, INSIDER

Sep. 2, 2015, 3:28 PM 











Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images







While Donald Trump loves to be the center of media attention, his third and current wife, Melania Trump, is a bit more camera shy.










The Slovenian-born model keeps a lower profile than her husband, doing philanthropy work, raising their son, working on a jewelry collection with QVC, and creating a $150-an-ounce caviar moisturizer.




With Trump on the campaign trail, Melania has stoically stood by his side.




But who exactly is Melania and where did she come from? Learn about Trump's other half here ...





Melania Knauss was born April 26, 1970, in Slovenia.




Wikimedia/Getty







The 5'11" brunette began her modeling career at 16, and signed with a modeling agency in Milan at 18.



Chris Hondros/Newsmakers via Getty









She took a break from modeling to get her degree in design and architecture at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.








Wikimedia/Getty

Source: MelaniaTrump.com









But after graduating, her modeling career took off and Me…

THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER MANGOES IN THE WORLD ....

While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???





In alphabetical order by Country....










India




Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST






Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.



Inaugurating a two-day Vasanthotsava organized by Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Corporation at P…