18th National Mango Congress
- By Leads Agri
- March 29, 2016
- Categories: News
The Mango Congress is an annual event that 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, and through the cooperation among mango contractors themselves. This year’s theme for the congress was “Seizing climate change opportunities for the mango industry and breaking down market menace through empowered mango stakeholders associations backed by sustainable policies and strategies.”
Last March 15-16, 2016, the two day Congress was held in Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. For a regular attendee of the Congress, people comment that this is one for the books!
Day 1 was graced by a surprise number of 800 delegates coming from the different islands and regions of the Philippines. The Mango King, Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, President of Ilocos Norte Federation of Mango Producers Association, Inc., the local government of Ilocos, PMPI headed by Ms. Virgie Dela Fuente, and Regional DA all did a wonderful job coordinating this year’s event. LEADS Agri, as a major sponsor, would like to thank the entire organizing team for the opportunity to assist the 18th Mango Congress.
During the opening speech delivered by Mikee Farñas in lieu of Ilocos Norte Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, he recalled a time when “Mango was the most lucrative crop”. He also mentioned that during a visit of the British Ambassador, the ambassador said that Philippine mangoes are the best in the world. But now the industry faces battles: one of the most significant is the price of mangoes dropping to as low as 8-10 pesos in the months when Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao harvest altogether, and the existing big processing plants could easily reject the mango produce and dictate a very low price. This results to a lot of mango spoilage and majority of the mango contractors end up with significant losses and negative profits. The event hoped to address this issue by having an agreement among the growers on their calendar spraying. Another topic discussed was the difficulty of purchasing Potassium Nitrate which Mr. Francis Pangilinan personally took note of.
Gov. Imee Marcos hosted the dinner at their house at the Malacanang of the North. It was a breather after the packed Day 1 schedule at the Congress. She served sumptuous Ilocano food complete with Basi (sugarcane wine). It was a night of entertainment and fun –with fire dancers, pandango sa ilaw performers, award winning chorale, and an open dance floor with the Lady Governor herself. The congress and the local government continuously promoted the beauty of Ilocos all throughout the event.
Day 2 started for LEADS with a special trip to Mr. Tolentino’s Mango Orchard. Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, who is fondly called “Mang Carding”, is a proud user of Domark Pro. He showed the protection Domark Pro can give. During the Congress, a message from Sen. Bongbong Marcos profusely spoke about Mr. Tolentino as “magsasaka na, business man pa, award winning pa, genuine Ilocano pa na isang inspirasyon at huwaran sa lahat”. And after the farm tour and seeing Mang Carding’s GAP certified farm, the guests could really say for themselves how the Mango King is truly both an inspiration and model.
In the two days that LEADS Agri had a booth at the congress, there were a lot of farmer testimonials given about the efficacy of Domark Pro. They really say that it is what they have been using and the effect is tried and tested already. LEADS VP for Technical, Mr. Jaynor Dangan spent 30 minutes discussing Keys to Successful Mango Farming on stage, Day 2 of Congress.
Written by: Mara Balayan