By Claro A. Lanipa
PAGADIAN CITY, 06 April (PIA) – To enhance, validate and finalize the region’s Mango and Mango Products Industry roadmap for 2017-2022, a group of mango growers in the region together with other government line agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently convened at Roxan Hotel, here.
Prior to this activity, a Regional Planning Workshop was conducted to come up with a five-year industry roadmap. The roadmap encompasses the industry value chain map, opportunities and constraints of the sector, vision, mission, objectives, development strategies and the 2017 action plan of the industry.
DTI Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Director Maria Socorro Malate-Atay facilitated the meeting with the expectation of finalizing the 2017 Zamboanga Peninsula Mango Industry Cluster Action Plan.
The cluster foresees that by year 2022, the Zamboanga Peninsula Mango Industry shall become one of the leading producers of fresh mango and mango value-added products for the domestic and export market thus promoting inclusive growth and reducing poverty.
The mango industry also aims to increase its production volume by at least 15 percent annually, increase export sales volume by 20 percent per annum, generate investments and improve access to finance and increase the income of mango farmers equivalent to or higher than the poverty threshold income.
Similar activities were also conducted for the seaweeds and fish industry cluster in Zamboanga City last March 21 and 22; rubber and abaca industry cluster in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay on March 23 and 24 respectively and the coconut industry cluster in Dipolog City on March 30. (ALT/CAL/PIA9-Zambonga del Sur)