Author: Reuel John F. Lumawag
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DUE to the limited time of the availability of its local mangoes, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amando Gorely said there is a demand for Philippine mangoes in Australia.
"Dried mangoes are popular in Australia but there is also a market for Philippine fresh mangoes," Gorely said at the sidelines of the Philippine-Australia Friendship Day Mall Festival at the SM Lanang Premier, Davao City on May 26, 2018.
She said Australia produces its own mangoes but it is only available for only four months in a year, as compared to the Philippine Mangoes, which are available for most of the year.
Gorely said there are already protocols in place for mangoes that will be exported to Australia.
In 2016, Australia and the Philippines signed an amended version of Australia-Philippines Specific Commodity Understanding (SCU) that expanded the export market for Philippine mangoes. The agreement builds on a 2013 agreement which created export opportunities for mango farmers in Guimaras, Samal Island, and Davao del Sur.