Here's How You Can Help Our Farmers With the Oversupply of Mangoes

Currently, they produce around a hundred tons per week.

In a press briefing on June 3, Agriculture secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that mango growers had an unusual increase in harvest—a surplus of two million kilos of mangoes in Luzon alone—which is attributed to the El Niño phenomenon, and that the farmers  are asking for help to sell their produce.

To address this issue, the Department of Agriculture plans to launch the Metro Mango Marketing Program on June 10 to attract buyers of mangoes produced in Luzon. Mangoes will go for just P25/kilo, with a minimum order of at least four metric tons.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) has also reached out to people in the food industry, according to a report by Agriculture. One of which was Chef Jam Melchor, the founder of Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement and the country head of Slow Food Youth Network Philippines, whose Facebook post on the mango oversupply has been shared over 400 times. According to his post, you just have to call the Department of Agriculture's Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service at 925-3795 and they'll link you directly to the mango producers.

In the same report, Chef Jam also shared the farmers' need to coordinate with the Department of Agriculture's marketing services so that they can find potential buyers even before they harvest. He added, "This will be very difficult because [a] mango's life span is only three to four days."

In 2018, around 10 tons of red tomatoes were thrown away in Kalayaan, Laguna, as farmers were not able to sell them due to oversupply.

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. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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