Davao mango producers assert stake in export market

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 April) — Mango producers from the Davao region want to break free
from Luzon-based exporters, saying industry players in Mindanao can chart their own destiny in the
international market, officials said.
Ednar Carlos Dayanghirang, president of the Davao Region Mango Contractors Association, Inc.
(Daremca), said they are correcting a mindset of local producers as suppliers only to Manila-based
industry players.
He said they consider Mindanao producers as “consolidators” only even as local producers have all
the ingredients to export directly.Daremca has announced it has embarked on efforts to redirect the market, by making Dabawenyo
producers establish direct ties with importers in markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea
without passing through Manila.He said they still have to sort out preparations to strengthen their hold at the First Davao Mango
Producers Conference later this month, which they are organizing to consolidate producers around
the region, to tackle industry concerns and beef up marketing efforts for the international markets.
Daremca boasted it is a privately-led initiative to push for local producers’ stake in the international
market.
Dayanghirang said the market for Mindanao mango is big and state-of-the-art, direct and cheaper
shipping routes are available from Davao to prospect markets like Guangzhou in China.
He said they learned American President Lines is servicing the Davao-Guanghzou route and that
initial inquiries show shipping mangoes to Guanghzou through APL is cheaper than shipping through
Manila.
He said Davao and Mindanao’s production for fresh mango exports is enough to embark on the
expansion.
He said, however, they need to sort out important issues with the players of the industry in the
region to improve marketability and cut cost.
Daremca asked the government to report on the exploratory trade trip to China to see prospects
there and to allow the Davao producers to go on a separate trade mission.
Nicolas Quilos, Daremca vice president, said Davao must move on its own for it cannot rely on
Manila.
Daremca said Luzon-based exporters only consider local growers during off-season there to fill up
demand for mango.
“Mindanao mango is supplying them for their exports,” Edgardo Lagman, Daremca’s research and
development committee chair said, adding the move could force Manila exporters to offer higher
prices to local producers during off-peak season.
Dayanghirang said they will prepare during the conference for a total marketing strategy from the
production, marketing and consumer concerns. He said among industry focus areas is to venture on
new technologies to help cut production cost.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the Philippines is among the top 10 mango producing
countries of the world. It ranks sixth and contributes 3.5% share of the world’s production, at an
average of about one Million MT per year.
In 2003, the total production of Mindanao was estimated at 176,669 MT which is about 18% of the
total national production. In 2004 it increased to 188,820 metric tons.
The major producers are the Southwestern Mindanao or Region 12 (51,623 mt), Western Mindanao or
Region 9 (45,642 mt), Southeastern Mindanao or Region 11 (32,382 mt) and Northern Mindanao or
Region 10 (31,845 mt).
Daremca has projected bullish performance this year with the declining incidents of cecid fly
infestation and the forecast of mild El Nino which is advantageous for growing mango.
The cecid fly attack up to the first half of 2006 cut mango production causing contractors huge
losses.
Daremca officials said other areas became unproductive as an offshoot of the losses incurred by
contractors. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

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