Cherry Joy Discaya-Garma
LAOAG CITY – Mango growers in Ilocos Norte are beginning to recover from a glum production with fresh rehabilitation funds from the provincial government.
Businessman Ricardo Tolentio, president of the Mango Growers’ Association in Ilocos Norte, said mango production has increased to 36 percent after growers made use of the P5 million funding support.
He said mango farmers used to harvest 1,000 kilos but high farm costs have caused production to drop to 400 kilos in previous years.
“Our production has again increased to about 36 percent, thanks to the provincial government,” Tolentino said.
Farmers also ascribed low mango production to erratic weather patterns due to climate change.
The provincial government intervened and implemented a rehabilitation program which included free seminars, farm management and growing techniques.
A 200 hectare-mango farm in Dungon-dungon estate in Burgos town served as the pilot beneficiary of the program.
“The mango industry is becoming better,” Tolentino said.
Farmers have been supplying mangoes locally and outside the province like Talisay, Batangas.
To fully rehabilitate the industry, the provincial government will again infuse some P1.7 million with a counterpart fund of 3 million from the Department of Agriculture this year. (MCA/CJDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)