An appeal has been raised to the Department of Agriculture (DA) to conduct a special mango industry roadmap forum to find a far-reaching solution to the decades-long mango pulp weevil (MPW) problem besetting the local mango industry.
Board Member Roseller Pineda, in a resolution filed this week, said the forum is time since DA Secretary Emmanuel Pinol is now conducting a series of mango industry roadmap forums in different regions in the country to address issues raised by mango farmers and growers.
“Through this forum, perhaps the DA can now help Palawan resolve its mango pulp weevil problem by presenting current available technologies to mango growers.
“The mango industry in the province has already lost millions if not billions of pesos because we are unable to market our produce,” Pineda said.
He said Pinol is “fully aware” of the infestation that has been perennially pestering Palawan mango farmers, and has in fact, said in February this year, that the DA will provide them an irradiation machine that can detect and get rid of the weevils.
The province has been prohibited by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) to export its locally-produced mangoes. This was done to prevent the spread of the pest through the declaration of BPI Administrative Order Number 20.
The study said the administrative order was the reason the growth of the Palawan mango industry was restricted to the province.
“Evidence of the MPW was first discovered in southern Palawan when a survey of 33 mango-producing Filipino provinces was administered. Palawan is the only province in the Philippines under mango quarantine,” the study claimed.