15 tons of mango sold out in 3 hours during DA’s Mango Festival
15 metric tons (MT) or as much as 15,000 kilos of fresh mangoes coming from all over Luzon and Mindanao were sold out during the opening day of the Metro Mango Marketing Program launched by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in several areas.
The Mango Marketing Program was launched by the DA following reports that at least 2 million kilos of mango were in danger of rotting as a sudden surplus production of the fruits.
The oversupply came as a result of the long dry spell caused by El Niño.
The launching yesterday was attended by farmers several mango producing regions of the country and DA officials, including a representative of a Japanese fruit importing company Diamond Star, Tetusji Yurakawa.
As part of the marketing program, fresh mangoes are now being sold from P20 to P50 per kilo, depending on the quality, in these places:
-Department of Agriculture Central Office, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City
-Bureau of Plant and Industry, Malate, Manila
-Muntinlupa City Hall
-Paranaque City Hall
-Waltermart North Edsa, Quezon City from 9am-9pm
-Waltermart Makati from 9am to 9pm
-Waltermart Pasay from 9am to 9pm.
Fresh highland and lowland vegetables, coconut, commerical rice worth P36 per kilo, and other agribased food products will also be made available in TienDA Plus Metrowide Mango Festival in Muntinlupa and Paranaque City Halls.