“We have an existing project to help the mango industry”, said BPSU Research Development Director and Project Leader Dr. Hermogenes Paguia.
Twenty four farms in the province and 10 farms in Palauig, Zambales are participating in the project, “Sustainable Mango Production through Science and Technology Innovations and Support Mechanisms for Capacity Development in Central Luzon” funded by CHED Discovery-Applied Research and Extension for Trans/Inter-disciplinary Opportunities (DARE TO) Research Grant.
“The yield of farmers participating in the project increased considerably”, he added.
“Adopting science and technology, there is money in mango farming”, he said.
For probably decades already, mango farmers in the province are not earning. They resorted to leasing their mango orchard to contractors, replacing mango with other fruits, converting the mango farm to other use, or worse selling the property.
“This season experts from UP saw that our mango farms yielded very good under the project. It shows we can revive the industry in the province”, he said.
“We have already established the mango growers association. We will coordinate with the provincial government for the putting up of the Bataan Mango Development Council”, he also said.