Banana boom seen in Gensan-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Experts are now eyeing a possible boom in the banana industry in General Santos City (Gensan).
This was revealed during the 2013 Mindanao Banana Congress hosted by the city last August 29.
With the exception of General Santos City, the rest of Soccsksargen Region contributes 15 percent in the whole banana industry of Mindanao, Jun Roque, chair of the 2013 Mindanao Banana Congress said.
"Opening the city for such opportunities will boost the economy of the region," Roque stated.
General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, during the banana congress, said: "I want Gensan to be known not only for tuna but also for its agro-industrial products."
Rivera, even before the congress was held, has been very vocal in his aim to develop the agro-industrial sector of the city and invite key players, especially from banana industry, to invest locally.
The mayor also encouraged corporate farms and major banana exporters to invest in the city citing the local government's commitment and willingness to engage in private-public partnerships to promote economic stability in the city.
Nestle Philippines and Corporate Management Holdings Inc. also eyed Gensan to be the "Coffee Capital of the South," saying that the soil of the city is suitable for agricultural development.
The event highlighted the banana industry stakeholders to showcase production and market opportunities, as well as to provide recent technology updates in banana production.
Also tackled in the event were the problems encountered in growing banana and how banana entrepreneurs can control them.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 06, 2013.