Davao pummelo industry set to adopt new agri practices

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Monday, August 4, 2014


THE Code of Practice (COP) of the Davao Pummelo Stakeholder's Association Inc. (DPSAI) is set to be implemented within this year in order to establish a standard for Davao pummelo industry.

The formulation of the COP is part of DPSAI's initiative to establish a geographical indication (GI) for the Davao pummelo.

Patrick Belisario, a consultant for the DPSAI, who guested in Monday's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao Annex, said they have already finalized the COP and have lodged it to be registered with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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He said together with his colleague Peter Damary, foreign consultant from the European Union, they are in the process of validating the COP as to the actual practices of the growers.

"We will be finalizing the auditing and control side [of the COP soon. This (COP) will be implemented to all the 12 members of DPSAI in the coming months," he said.

DPSAI president Andrew Tan said the COP will be the outline of the standards of the Davao pummelo brand which includes its variety, planting distance, fertilizers to be used, chemicals to be sprayed, among other guidelines for the growers.

"The guideline is for the growers to follow so that we can come up with a certain quality that is acceptable and uniform to all of the producers," said Tan.

Damary also said having a standard for the Davao Pummelo will ensure the highest quality for the product.

"That would help in the marketing because at the moment some would hesitate before they buy because they are not sure that they will be getting a good quality but once they know it is Davao Pummelo, they are sure that they will get the quality and will be willing to buy in a regular basis," he said.

The initiative to get Davao Pummelo a GI has been ongoing since 2012. IPOPHL, through the assistance of the Department of Trade and Industry and other concerned government agencies like Bureau of Plant and Industry, Department of Agriculture 11, City Agriculturist Office, and the Department of Science and Technology 11 initiated a series of meetings and audit since July 2012 to strengthen and develop the association and its Codes of Practice.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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