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PIA Press Release
2010/03/16

With dry spell, expect mangoes and pomelos this Kadayawan

by RG Alama

Davao City (16 March) -- If the dry spell continues, people should expect fruits like mangoes and pomelos whose trees can withstand prolonged dry spell this kadayawan.

This according to Larry Miculob, treasurer and a member of the board of trustees Mindanao Fruit Council, during his guesting at this week's Kapihan sa Dabaw held at SM event center last March 15.

He said that the traditional dominant durian fruit is being stressed by the El Niņo. He noticed that durian sold in the streets have rather tough skin, which is a sign that the trees are drying up, their water supply being exhausted.

What worries Miculob is that they are still in March and the trees are already stressed. If no rain comes by April, fruit production will be affected particularly by August-September the traditional peak harvest season.

The only way, to ensure production is for these fruit farms to be irrigated, but this also pose a problem since water supply is a problem during the dry spell.

He said that fruits like mangoes and pomelos which thrive on dry spells are expected to have bountiful harvests, most especially mangoes where the dry weather is ideal for the flowering of the trees.

Miculob said many mango growers are now conducting massive spraying to induce fruiting, taking advantage of the ideal weather.

Last year, total mango harvest in the country was lower by 13% compared to 2008 the reduction was attributed typhoons and rains which affected mango-producing provinces. (PIA XI) [top]

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