CAGAYAN de Oro City will be hosting the 19th National Mango Congress and Summit Workshop on November 27 to 29 at the Limketkai Mall with the theme: "The Magic 20 Productivity: Achieving Productivity of 20 metric tons per hectare in 5 Years."

Gleen Janubas, regional mango coordinator of the Department of Agriculture (DA), said this will be the second time the city is hosting the mango congress.

Janubas said the congress is organized by the Philippine Mango Industry Foundation Inc. (PMIFI) with the Cagayan-Misamis Oriental-Bukidnon (CMB) Mango Growers Organization Inc. as their host and co-organizer and in partnership with DA.

The PMIFI, in their proposal addressed to DA, said the mango congress and summit workshop aims to formulate and recommend programs, strategies, legislation to strengthen and improve mango production chain, and establishing adequate and sustainable supply in the domestic and national market, for a much stable yet reasonable price.

The event also intends to develop strategies and programs for better quality produce for global competitiveness in the international fresh market; intensify value-adding for mango products; and set up additional Demo Farms in strategic locations in different regions for easier consultation and conduct of hands on training, and to be able to take immediate action on the needs and concerns of the growers pin the communities and localities where they belong.

The National Mango Congress and Summit Workshop will be participated by PMIFI member-associations, officers, and mango farmers, corporate and individual farmers, processors, exporters, input suppliers, mango traders, consolidators, National Government officials, technical officers, local government technicians, logistic providers and other mango stakeholders.

According to PMIFI, the event will tackle the problems and issues involving the mango industry such as the strategies in production, planning and marketing mango products; depressed farm prices; low productivity; and cecid fly control and preventive integrated pest management.

The PMIFI, in their proposal said to gain extensive knowledge and competence on the new, potential and young farmers, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol planned to establish mango demo school in each of the provinces to begin with the top 30 mango-producing provinces.

PMIFI, formed in 2001, is composed of more than 1,000 farmer-members nationwide, belonging to 15 mango growers’ associations and federations.