ECCP Forum: Enabling and Promoting Agro-Export for Mango Growers in NorthMin, Philippines

The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines held another Coffee Morning event, a monthly forum that present topics and global business updates.

The Philippines is one of the tropical countries that produce Mango fruit and others such as banana and pineapple. As per Ms. Virginia De la Fuente, in history, the mango trees were first planted in 1000 B.C. by Akbar in India. It was then in the 16th century that the Philippines has planted mango trees.

According to Statistics in 2018, India is the top producer of Mango with 18 billion tons and followed by China and Thailand. The Philippines falls short with over 1 billion kilos of mango production. The goal of this month’s forum is to assist and empower the sustainable creation of agriculture cooperatives, diversify agriculture products, and promote fair trade. This is where the PMFTI stands and they provide training or programs to help build a working organization of mango growers.

Ms. Virgie de la Fuente presented the PMFTI policies and its challenges in the PH agro-export industry. (Photo by Joan Merced Sheng of JMSheng Photography)

What is PMFTI?
The Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc. or PMFTI is the only Department of Agriculture accredited national umbrella association of 58 cooperatives and group or individuals of mango growers and producers as members and other key players in the mango supply chain.

PMFTI is the organizer of the annual National Mango Congress conducted in provinces co-hosted by the Provincial Government and Department of Agriculture Regional Office. The congress showcases the updates and breakthroughs initiated in mango production and the technology in production, program insurance and financing, and packaging and export development.

The participants with the guest speakers and ECCP personnel.

How does PMFTI help mango farmers? 
Empowerment and Capacitation
The organization serves as the bridge of mango farmers to traders. For the mango farmers to be successful and be able to have a sustainable agri-business, PMFTI provides programs to empower them considering that 97.5% of mango growers are smallholders. 

Production and Cost of Input
In the production and cost of input, with the assistance Department of Agriculture, LGU and, NGA rehabilitation grants are provided to those farms who had low productivity and spent high costs in capital or inputs to their farm.

Cultural Practices & Production Technology
Most of the farms have less to no knowledge of production technology and practices to have abundant produce. PMFTI conducts annual congress and fora to educate the farmers on best practices.

Access to Export Market
As PMFTI serves as the bridge, exporting of fresh mangoes with the help from Royal Cargo and other partners are made possible for the farmers to double their production.

Facts about the Philippine Mango
Named as the “Sweetest Mango in the World” by the Guinness Book of World Records and is also called the Manila Super Mango. The Philippine Mango is the third most important crop in the country based on export volume and value. Mango trees can be artificially induced from leaves maturity and into flowering or bearing fruits with certified and safe chemicals.

Roadblocks to Agricultural Success
Presented by Mr. Michael Kurt Raeuber, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Royal Cargo, Inc., the feudal system of landholding and control patterns in disincentivizing farming and is considered as the main obstacle in making of quality farm products and made available at all times. Aside from having access to traders and exports, outdated trading patterns are still dominant in the country.

Royal Cargo Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer – Mr. Michael Kurt Raeuber
(Photo by Joan Merced Sheng of JMSheng Photography)

Answering these concerns, the Royal Cargo and in cooperation with mango association and government support, invest in developing new technology such as OctoFrost™ to create mid-sized industrial plants to help aid the agricultural supply.

To get to know more about the PMFTI programs and policies, visit their website or send an inquiry to philmangoinc@yahoo.com.

For export services, visit Royal Cargo at www.royalcargo.com.

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