PBGEAPilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association
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To sustain growth, there has to be collaboration among the pillars of effective participatory governance," PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig said.
To ensure that Philippine bananas are of utmost quality and safety, PBGEA is continuously putting in place measures to safeguard superiority of produce and adopts accepted agricultural practice by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
PBGEA found that the best way to control Mokillo is through decontamination of cutting tools and farm equipment using a third level disinfectant.
PBGEA members export to countries in the Middle East, Japan and China among others.
While we can't prevent natural calamities, these man-made threats to the banana export industry can be solved or eliminated if legislators involved will fully understand how the industry works," Stephen Antig, PBGEA executive director, said.
Stephen Antig, PBGEA executive director was quoted in a report as saying that the losses from Bopha in terms of lost export opportunities, could run up to P7.
Antig told reporters here that he had personal knowledge of the relocation of the companies, which he would not name as they are PBGEA members.
PBGEA, which counts 27 companies from 15 provinces in Mindanao-including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao-as members, has been calling on the government to help it open more foreign markets.
According to the PBGEA, other types of AVAs-or even other AVAs using the contract growing scheme-were doing fine, but the Baguilat bill lumped together all the AVAs as problematic, based on the sad experience of the cooperative in Lapanday.
PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig for instance noted the Baguilat bill would in effect allow the government to interfere in private transactions.
The PBGEA said rampaging floods and strong winds displaced an estimated 93,000 banana farm workers.
PBGEA has been looking for new markets for bananas in the Middle East and Europe as Japan, a premium market, is already saturated.