May 26, 2017, 1:35 pm
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Mangoes go to Sweden

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing to enhance agricultural trade and cooperation between the Philippines and Sweden, following the visit of ambassador Harald Fries of Sweden last Tuesday.

Emmanuel Piñol, DA secretary, said the agency is currently focusing on advanced agricultural technologies and proposed to Fries to engage in agricultural machinery, sophisticated water drilling equipment and modern communication equipment for Filipino farmers.
 
Piñol also indicated interest to join trade fairs to showcase Philippine organic agricultural products, liqueur and chocolate.
 
“It is an exciting prospect to transport our mangoes, particularly those grown in Guimaras, to Sweden. The Philippines will be happy to attend and share our experience with other countries,” Piñol assured Fries.
 
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the country produced 902,739.40 metric tons of mangoes in 2015.
 
Fries said his government sees a lot of potential in the Philippines, particularly in trade and investment, research and development, and tourism. He also invited the DA to attend the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York slated on June 5 to 9.
 
Piñol noted the conference corresponds to the government’s program to rehabilitate the country’s water resources, through a three-month fishing ban in different fishing areas and the seeding of major river basins and lakes with fingerlings.
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