The Philippines is an agricultural country with a land area of approximately 30 million hectares, 47% of which is agricultural land. Despite the accelerated growth of other industries in recent decades, agriculture remains a pillar of the Philippine economy, providing employment to 27% of the labor force. While the Philippines has developed into a global powerhouse for coconuts and bananas, its mango sector has surprisingly lagged behind.
Its Carabao mango variety is reputed internationally due to its sweetness and exotic taste. The Carabao variety in 1995 was listed as the sweetest mango variety in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records. Production of mangos is spread out throughout the country and led by the Illocos region which accounts for 26% of total production. The country’s mango industry is severely underdeveloped relative to its competitors with poorer yields and untapped export opportunities. Supply and quality inefficiencies have resulted in lost profit opportunities overseas with regional countries such as Japan forced to import mangoes from as far as Brazil to meet demand. It has been reported that less than 10% of production is capable of meeting export quality standards.
As a result, AGRI Developments has created its own mango development specifically to cater to the needs of the export market. Working alongside mango experts it is employing state of the art cultivation methods that improve both yields and quality.
Less than 10% of all mango production in the Philippines meets the quality standards necessary for export.
Mango production is spread out throughout the country. Illocos and the Zamboanga Peninsula account for 26% and 12% of total production respectively.
Dried mangoes are the most valuable mango export of the Philippines and account for 77% of all processed exports.