Piñol vows to rehab mango industry

LINGAYEN — Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol vowed to support the five-year National Mango Rehabilitation and Development Plan that was presented to Luzon Mango Stakeholders’ Forum on August 11 at the Sison Auditorium.

The DA secretary affirmed his commitment to rehabilitate the Philippine mango industry before mango farmers and mango growers in Luzon.

It was the second in the four scheduled mango industry summits in the country.

Gov. Amado Espino III earlier committed the provincial government’s support to the national government’s initiatives to improve the state of the mango industry.

Records of DA show that 38 percent of the total mango production in the country come from Pangasinan, making it one of the biggest mango producers.

Piñol said the national government underscored the need to adopt a ‘no importation’ policy if farmers produce enough for domestic consumption.

The national government, he added, has set its sight in finishing all farm-to market-road projects to further boost agriculture being the main industry in the country.

In attendance were 4th District Rep. Christopher De Venecia, DA Undersecretary Evelyn G. Lavina and DA Reg’l Dir. Lucrecio Alviar.  (PIO/RRB)