Bataan 2nd district Rep. Joet Garcia is hopeful that with the creation of Mango Industry Development Council in the province, “Bataan mango” will establish its name in the local and global market.
Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) Vice President for Research, Extension, and Training Services Dr. Hermogenes Paguia said in their online zoom meeting on Thursday, the congressman pointed out the need for concerted actions for the commodity so that once and for all the “Bataan mango” will make and establish its name and identity or position in the local and foreign market.
He said Garcia was also glad to hear the efforts and initiatives of concerned agencies in the province on mango production from trainings, agricultural inputs, credit support, marketing assistance for farmers produced and grant for research undertakings specifically from DOST. He added the congressman said the revival of mango industry will be a boost to the economy of the province.
The Office of Bataan 2nd District Congressman is pushing for the creation of Mango Development Council in the province.
Paguia said he suggested during the virtual meeting the inclusion of the Provincial Tourism Office in the technical working group of the mango council for agro-eco tourism aspect. He said the potential of mango orchards for agro-tourism and as learning sites for agriculture can be explored. He also suggested the inclusion of mango bagging among the training courses of TESDA for agricultural production. He added NC2 was proposed for the training. He said the training will address the lack of mango baggers in the province as well as professionalize the skills.
Paguia, lead person on mango research and extension at BPSU and in Bataan, presented the achievements for the last 10 years of their mango project titled “Improvement of Mango Production Through Science and Technology Innovations and Capacity Development in Central Luzon.”
Provincial Agriculturist Joey Dizon informed in the meeting the existing services of the Provincial Agriculture Office for the mango farmers such as input subsidies in-terms of flower inducer, power sprayer, and trainings for select mango farmers.
Provincial Cooperative and Enterprise Development Office Head Zena Sugatain presented the programs of their office and the services already extended to mango sector in Bataan that led to the formation of Bataan Mango Growers Agriculture Cooperative.
BPSU President Dr. Greg Rodis is supporting the establishment of the mango council in the province. The university president is pushing for sustainable innovations and researches like in mango production. “The innovations and researches we are doing in BPSU will mean nothing if these do not reach end users”, he earlier said. BPSU is known to have a dynamic research and extension office.
It will be remembered that Paguia’s paper, “Improvement of Mango Production through Science and Technology Innovations and Support Mechanisms for Capacity Development in Bataan and Zambales” has recently been adjudged finalist in the Development Category of PCAARRD Best Research and Development Paper Awards 2020.
The online meeting was also attended by Garcia’s Chief of Staff Jet Nisay, provincial heads of TESDA, DTI, and DOST Bataan, Amanda Battad of the Bataan Chamber of Commerce, representative of Land Bank, and congressional staff Alanna Balbuena.