Hong Kong traders to export fruit products from Mindanao

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KIDAPAWAN CITY: A Chinese firm selling fruits in China will export fruits from Central Mindanao region, the visiting Hong Kong-based traders said Thursday.

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“There is a great potential for products of the Philippines to be exported to China market,” said Mr. Chen Jian of Li Kong Company after meeting with officials of the Department of Agriculture in SOCCSKSARGEN region.

Li Kong Company is based in Hong Kong which is selling tropical fruits in mobile stores around China department stores and streets.

Mr. Jian together with Mr. Fabian Cheng and Mr. Anthony Lay are touring tropical countries to buy fruits for the China market.

“China is very rich in resources, but due to its rapid population growth, these resources were tamed down,” he said, noting that, importing products from neighboring countries is their only option.

He said most of their products are mangoes, bananas, papayas, and pineapples which usually came from Africa and some neighboring countries from Asia.

With the growing demand in China market, Li Kong Company was prompted to explore more countries that can help them sustain the demand and the Philippines is on top of their list.

Looking for exporters, Mr. Lay joined the International Food Expo (IFEX) held in Manila recently. Fortunately, he met a fruit trader-producer from Tupi, South Cotabato and this led to visiting the area.

Philippines is a well-known tropical country for its fruits and other products and is now internationally-known for its exported organic products.

DA-12 Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan said the DA’ Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD 12) has been helping people or small groups of farmers in looking for a market for their products.

The regional office also assisted small groups to export their products or simply link them to the market. They also helped Mr. Ramon Manansala of RM Fruits International of Tupi, South Cotabato look for a market and help him packaged his product. His product is Sunrise Papaya, a variety of papaya which is qualified for export.

In fact, Mr. Manansala has exported nine metric tons of the same variety of papaya in Singapore last year.

During the field site visitation and fruit testing, Li Kong Company was fascinated of how sweet the variety is and how the packaging is handled.

This visitation encouraged them to put their bet on the product and promised to keep in touch with Mr. Manansala soonest.

They also stated their requirements in terms of other tropical fruits such as mangoes, bananas and other fruits. They are also interested in the organic colored rice of the country.

“Soccsksargen Region is blessed with a bountiful land; we can help you find other farmers who can respond to your needs.” AMAD Chief Bai Dido T. Samama told the visiting Hong Kong traders. PNA

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