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Sunday, April 20, 2014


SENATOR Teofisto Guingona III has vowed to give his full support towards adopting various scientific approaches in overcoming environment-related challenges, especially for Mindanao's banana industry.

Addressing guests during the Vanodine disinfectant launch at Seda Hotel in Davao City recently, the legislator welcomed the new product in the local market as he emphasized on the importance of banana industry as a major contributor to economic progress.

He said the progress of the industry affects Mindanao's bid for prosperity.

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“It means that the debacle in your industry would be a major loss to the region. And this is why anything that worries the banana industry should necessarily worry the region, and should necessarily worry every person in Mindanao,” he said.

Guingona said this is a “Mindanao issue”, and that this multi-billion dollar industry faces two major challenges – political and environmental.

"I believe that at this point, there are two types of worries besetting the industry: One type is political; the other environmental. I will not detail these worries. My knowledge of the industry comes from the many conversations I had with you (banana industry stakeholders)," he said.

Guingona added that he is committed to exert his best efforts to understand further these challenges and determine what he can do to help.

"The challenges are political and environmental in nature. At this point, let me state for the record that I am throwing my full support to the solutions that are scientific in nature. I believe that the scientific approach can significantly address environmental issues," he said.

The scientific approach, as Guingona has put it, involves all steps including research funded by the government that would address the threat of major banana plant diseases, and decisively address the dramatic and radical change in the climate of the region.

In these two major components of scientific approach, Guingona said he is glad that “the private sector is fully behind us in this endeavour”.

“I share the view that scientific research should help the industry further improve the variety so that it can withstand the changes and flourish despite them,” he said.

Meanwhile, with the increasing demand for biosecurity interventions, a Filipino-owned company has finally opened its doors to provide a product
that will help achieve this goal.

Jocanima Corporation has partnered with international company, Evans Vanodine International, to bring to Filipino farmers, especially those in Mindanao, a product that boasts of disinfecting a wide range of fungi, bacteria, and viruses transmitted through tools, equipment, facilities, vehicle tires, and even in boots worn inside agriculture production areas.

Jocanima president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Celso L. Evangelista said during the same event that the company, having been a key innovator and provider of quality agrochemicals to top multinationals and distributors nationwide, has finally brought the product to the local market because of their commitment to offer continuously quality products and excellent service.

“It is with great pleasure that we present to the industry, Vanodine (Iodophor), a broad-spectrum disinfectant that has been widely used in Latin America’s plantations. It is the latest available alternative in biosecurity in Philippine plantations,” he said, adding that this is one of the many scientific approaches in addressing the challenges which hurdle the agriculture industry.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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