THE Province of Guimaras will host the 20th National Mango Congress in 2018 in time for the 25th Manggahan Festival.
The Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (PMIFI) and Guimaras Mango Growers and Producers Development Cooperative (GMGPDC) will be the host associations, in partnership with the provincial government and the Department of Agriculture (DA).
Together with GMGPDC president Rosario Griesser and Provincial Agricultural and Fishery Council (PAFC) president Ramon Marañon, Governor Samuel T. Gumarin officially received the Key of Responsibility on Nov 29, 2017 during the 19th Mango Congress in Cagayan de Oro.
“We are pleased and honored to accept the responsibility of having this event next year. This will boost not only the market for mangoes as a banner crop but the relations of the mango industry and key players in the country,” Gumarin said in his acceptance speech.
He also shared policies to manage and protect mango production.
“In order to improve our production for both fresh and processed mangoes and strengthen our market position domestically and globally despite adverse effects of global warming, we continue to push for policies that protect this asset,” he said.
“Protecting this means we also strengthen our economic drivers: agriculture, fishery and tourism, which all have interlocking and dynamic relationship to our mangoes. Likewise, harvesting, marketing and production are regulated and the island is declared a special quarantine zone.”
The congress is an annual event which aims to discuss and provide solutions to the problems of the industry through the help of the government, specifically the LGU and DA, private companies, with the cooperation of mango contractors.