Seedlings, agri inputs distributed to mango growers

Aug 20, 2019 ...

Providing relief to farmers affected by recent natural calamities, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Office distributed mango seedlings and other agricultural inputs to nearly six hundred mango growers at Sitio Dungtal, Brgy. 23, Laoag City last August 16.

According to Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, the incumbent President of the Mango Growers Association of Ilocos Norte and tagged as "Mango King", the massive involuntary flowering and fruiting caused by the El Niño greatly affected the mango industry, resulting to low farm gate price due to overproduction.

"Ang maganda sa ating probinsya, mayroong binibigay na suporta ang gobyerno sa amin lalong-lalo na 'pag nakararanas tayo ng kalamidad. 'Yong ibang probinsya nga naiinggit sa atin dahil sa mga programa ni Ma'am Imee [Senator Imee R. Marcos] noon para sa mga farmers at mango growers," Tolentino shared.

Specifically, the mango growers received 4,000 mango seedlings from PGIN; 160 organic fertilizers, 40 inorganic fertilizers, 2,000 packs of humus, 340 pieces of fruit attractant to improve their productivity; and additional 2,000 mango seedlings from DA as part of its Typhoon Ompong rehabilitation program.

Local mango industry eyes int'l trade

After completing the requirements of different government agencies, Tolentino is looking forward to export their products in the State of Hawaii, USA and China starting next year.

Moreover, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc expressed his support to the mango industry after his quick tour around the processing plant of Tolentino.

"Masaya po ako na nakita ko ang facility niya at natutuwa ako na bukod sa dried mangoes, maymango wine at vinegar pa. Talagang world-class ang facility niya. I'm glad that it makes me proud to be Ilocano. Sana suportahan natin lahat ng mga Ilocano, suportahan natin ang mga local products, especially by Ilocano farmers.

"Tuloy-tuloy po ang tulong sa mga mango growers natin. Nandito po ako para ipangako na ang mga programa ni Senator Imee ay itutuloy natin at susuportahan natin ang mga mango growers ng Ilocos Norte," he ended. 

by Blessing Angel Agliam



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