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It is, likewise, a distinct and separate organization of banana growers from the PBGEA that groups together the big Filipino and foreign banana plantation owners in Mindanao.
"I have talked with officials of PBGEA to assure them that I will personally handle efforts to resolve the issue," Piaol said.
Before the visit of the Chinese health inspectors, the PBGEA had already submitted all measures for improvement for the Philippine banana sector to the Chinese authorities.
PBGEA members supply a sizeable portion of the export supply for bananas.
"I really hope they will be able to discuss the reduction or total elimination of tariffs imposed on our bananas entering Japan," PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig 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 P7.5 billion (Dhs672,928,419).
(PBGEA) has asked the agriculture chief to convince Japanese officials that Philippine banana exports comply with Japanese standards for the maximum residue level (MRL) for chemicals used as insecticides in banana plantations.
Early this year, the PBGEA sent a team to Australia to discuss with the Australian representatives the possibility of allowing Philippine bananas to penetrate the market.
In July, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) warned that imports from Central American countries, which enjoyed zero tariff, would eventually push the Philippines 'out of the picture by 2022.'
The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) warned that the country may lose South Korea as a top export destination if the government will not push for a bilateral agreement removing the 30-percent levy.
According to the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), the deadly storm which has so far killed 475 people could cost the industry $318 million.
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