The Department of Agriculture announced that a Russian company has ordered two tons of mangoes a week from Guimaras growers.
According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol, the transaction will start as soon as the farmers are capable to export.
“The Exim Pacific company has initially placed an order of two metric tons of Guimaras mangoes every week as soon as the farmers are able to export,” Secretary Piñol reported.
“It’s a major breakthrough for us in the Eastern European market. We’re hoping that this will be the beginning of our entry into the European market,” he added.
The DA said that this transaction between the local growers of Guimaras and the Russian company can start as early as April.
Guimaras mangoes will be shipped to Russia via Bangkok as there is still a pending development on the direct shipping links.
It is evident that foreign demand for mangoes has been growing over the years. This why the development of additional capacity is necessary not only in Guimaras but also in other key growing provinces like Zambales, Pangasinan, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Cotabato.
The DA also said that mangoes in Russia reportedly costs about P1,000 each with varieties mainly imported from Thailand, India, and Pakistan.
Based on the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report, an increase of 0.5 percent in mango production was recorded during the fourth quarter of 2018 and reached the level of 27.62 thousand metric tons.
This was 131 metric tons higher than the 2017 level of 27.49 thousand metric tons.
Zamboanga Peninsula had the largest share in the total mango production, followed by Caraga and Northern Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Secretary Piñol added that the Philippines will be further exploring the European market by joining the Bel-Agro Festival in Belarus this coming June.