8 RP firms to export mangoes to China
- Marianne V. Go () - May 8, 2008 - 12:00am

Eight Philippine companies will export mangoes to China starting this month, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said yesterday.

The eight are: Fruitful Harvest Corp., Mabuhay 2000 Inc., Phil-Harvest Agro Marketing Corp., Diamond Star Agro Products Inc., DHM Philippine Produce Inc., Wenatchee Marketing Corp., HiLas Marketing Corp. and Marsman Drysdale Food Corp.

The Chinese government has given its approval for the entry of Philippines mangoes and this was relayed to Agriculture  Undersecretary for special concerns Berna Romulo Puyat by Liang Wentao, the Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counselor.

Puyat said Beijing gave the go-ahead after officials from its General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) visited Manila  last month to check on food safety and treatment facilities for Philippine mango exports.

“Beijing’s nod to the treatment facilities set up by our mango exporters is very timely because this is now the peak of the mango harvest season,” Yap said.

China earlier accepted the cheaper but effective extended hot water treatment (EHWT) that the DA had developed in tandem with the country’s premier research institutions as a qualified technology to ensure that Philippine mango exports meet global food-safety standards.

Mango is among the Philippines ’ top exports to China.

Puyat noted that “the viability of the fresh mango industry and the millions of farmers and their families who rely on it for their livelihood depends heavily on their ability to export their produce to China.”

DA data show that around 500,000 metric tons of mangoes will be harvested during the peak months of March and April. The Philippines’ annual total mango production is around d 800,000 MT.

The EHWT, which had been perfected by the DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB), will lower the cost of exporting mangoes to China by at least P20 a kilo, thus spelling higher profits for Filipino exporters in the world’s largest food market.

Philippine mango exports to China in 2007 reached 933.33 MT, which Yap expects to rise significantly starting this year as a result of Beijing’s approval of the EWHT technology.

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ARTHUR YAP BEIJING BERNA ROMULO PUYAT BUREAU OF PLANT INDUSTRY CHINESE EMBASSY DIAMOND STAR AGRO PRODUCTS INC MANGO
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