A Japanese fruit importing company is buying 100 metric tons (MT) of mangoes from the Philippines.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said Diamond Star Agro Products, Inc., which has been importing papayas, pineapple, mango, bananas and even turnips exclusively from the Philippines, has signified intent to buy a huge volume of mangoes through Philippine Agriculture attache to Japan Dr. Samuel Animas.

Piñol said Diamond Star officials are expected to join the launching of the Metro Mango Marketing Program in Manila.

The program was established specifically to help farmers unload their harvest following a season of overproduction due to ideal climate conditions.

“Metro Mango Marketing Program was established to help farmers unload their harvest following a season of overproduction.”

The agriculture chief said he will arrange a meeting between the Japanese fruit importers, who will be coming to the Philippines, and the mango farmers of Luzon.

Mango production has seen an increase this season with an estimated surplus harvest of 2 million kilos. This was attributed to the El Niño phenomenon which has a positive effect on mango plantations. 

Mango production has an estimated surplus harvest of 2 million kilos.

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