Recommended Mango Production Technology (2003)
Consuelo N. Belarmino, Lydia M. Valdez, Bienvenido U. Valdez, Visitacion Mendoza and Myrna A. Enriquez
Several mango technologies have been developed to increase yield of “Carabao” mango and improve quality of fruits. However, despite the availability of improved technologies, many of our mango growers are not receptive and misinformed of these innovations. The low acceptance is due to poor system of dissemination and lack of knowledge of the recommended mango technologies. It is in this context that the High Value Commercial Crop Banner Program of DA-RFU I, funded 2002 the Techno-demo on Mango Project to fast track transfer and adoption of recommended mango production technologies.
The project components include: 1) showcased of recommended mango production technologies such as pruning, fertilizer application, flower induction, pest management, irrigation and bagging through establishment of demonstration farms in mango cluster areas; 2) provision of technical assistance to farmers and technicians 3) massive dissemination of POT through training, briefings and printed materials.
Results from techno demo in 2002-2003 showed the yield of farmers who followed the recommended mango production technology to be consistently higher than the farmers’ practice (FP) by an average of 126 kg/tree (18-25 yr old) and 161.5 k/tree (10-15 yr old), respectively.
The gross return in the techno demo amounted to Php9, 120/tree (18-25 yr old) and Php3, 868/tree (12-15 yr old) which is higher by Php2, 709 and Php2, 157/tree, respectively.
Although the total cost of production is higher in the techno demo by Php357.5/tree, the net return is still higher in the techno-demo by Php2,075.5/tree, equivalent to a Return on Investment (ROI) of 260%.Technology transfer was facilitated through technology demonstrations, trainings and distribution of information materials