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Executive Director

Email: s***@***.com
Local Address: Philippines
Company Description: Established in 1974, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) is a non-stock corporation that serves as the central coordinating agency...   more

Employment History

  • President
    The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association Inc
  • Executive Director
    Exporters Association
  • President
    Exporters Association
  • Executive Director
    Pilipino Banana Growers
  • President
    Pilipino Banana Growers
  • Executive Vice President
  • President
    Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association
  • Executive Director
    Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association
  • President
    Philippine Banana Growers
  • Executive Director
    Philippine Banana Growers
  • Chairman
    Philippine Banana Growers
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According to Stephen Antig, ..., 1 Jan 2015 [cached]
According to Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA)," The immediate response of various government agencies is a good indication of the Government's concern to the industry looking at the banana as a major economic and food crop. We greatly appreciate that".
Antig added, "Most of these small growers are the suppliers of exporters, if not are neighbors.
"As of June 2012, PBGEA member-companies' accrued TCCs since 2002 totals to around P3.3-Billion", Antig bared.
The banana executive said they also asked government to intervene on the continuing appreciation of the peso that has been hurting exporters for some time already; a moratorium or extension in the payment of government-related fees such as wharfage dues, plant quarantine fees and even an income tax holiday for 2013; duty-free importation of farm inputs, machineries and equipment; moratorium or extension in the payment of business and real property taxes; reduction and/or re-pricing of interests on bank loans especially for member companies who have existing loans with the Landbank and subsequently a moratorium on the payment of loan amortizations for the next nine months; and, waiver of interest and penalties on agricultural/commercial loans.
"These are just proposals. Whatever assistance the government can afford to extend to us in facilitating the mobilization of our resources for the fast and smooth rehabilitation of our farms would be a welcome development", Antig added.
Antig justified the substantial amount needed by the banana companies not only for the rehabilitation of plantation sites but also in the repair and construction of packing houses, roads, airstrips as well as other facilities.
The traditional two-week payment delivery ..., 24 Feb 2012 [cached]
The traditional two-week payment delivery from Iranian buyers has been stretched to more than four weeks starting from January, with Iran even offering oil as payment for shipments, said Stephen Antig, president of the Pilipino Banana Growers' and Exporters' Association (PBGEA).
"Some of the local banana producers are now rethinking if they should continue trades with Iran," Antig told Reuters in a telephone interview.
New financial sanctions by the US and the European Union make it difficult for Iran to pay for staple food and other imports, prompting the country of 74 million to resort to barter trade.
Another option for the domestic industry was to accept payment in currencies other than the Iranian rial, Antig said.
"We continue to ship to Iran and the volume has not really decreased significantly," he added.
The exporters' group from the Philippines, the world's third biggest banana exporter, shipped 560,000 tons of the fruit to the Middle East last year, sending half of that volume to Iran.
Antig said the figure did not include exports by small banana growers, who do not belong to the group, which represents 32 companies.
He said the industry group had discussed Iran's proposed oil-for-banana deal with Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, who advised it to seek other markets despite Iran being one of the three biggest buyers of Philippine bananas.
"I think the government should really look into that," said Antig, regarding the oil-for-bananas deal.
Stephen Antig, president of ..., 23 Mar 2014 [cached]
Stephen Antig, president of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association, said farmers with as small as half a hectare planted to bananas, are able to ship with other growers' produce, one or two containers a week. This is true for farmers who set up cooperatives. Small-scale farmers need the opportunity. Antig said the agrarian reform paved the way for the emergence of small-scale banana growers. Some employes of big plantations in Davao for example have turned themselves into small-scale banana growers. Antig said this practice of independent exportation is a welcome development as this an entirely different practice from those who resort to spot selling. He said there are more small growers shifting to China although he could not give figures. "Most small growers are exporting to China because it is easier and the volumes are smaller. There is a market for them, there are buyers who take their produce in smaller amounts because not all importers are institutional buyers," Antig said. This practice should not be misconstrued as a threat to contract growers because like in other crops, banana growing is threatened by weather conditions. In contract growing, there are times when the produce from farms are not enough to cover production cost such that small-scale farmers take out loans or advances from their principals and pay off the debt from the harvest. Spot buying remains a concern, Antig said, and cases of breach of contract had been filed against those who failed to deliver to their contract buyers. Antig declined to discuss these cases in detail. "Some cases prosper, some don't." Another positive offshoot of spot buying is that the doors for renegotiation of prices of bananas under contract have been opened. "The contract buyers are now in constant dialogue with the farmers and often, the growers are able to get better prices." He said exporting independently is not a threat to big companies as long the quality of the fruit is good. Unlike contract growers, there is little control over small growers. Antig said the control rests in the hands of the Bureau of Plant Inspection quarantine services which inspects the fruits before these are issued phytosanitary certification, a requirement in a recipient country. "This is very important because if the bananas exported by the independent exporter are of poor quality, this could affect the entire Philippine banana industry," Antig said. On spot buying, Antig said the industry is seeking the help of government to come up with measures to avoid this practice such as increasing the number of personnel monitoring the exports. Antig said the industry is also coordinating with local governments to help police the industry. Antig clarified that 5,000 boxes per hectare is attainable by very efficient plantations. On the average, the yield is 3,200 to 3,500 boxes. He also said the Department of Agriculture clarified that the Philippines is the second biggest exporter of bananas and not third. Antig said Japan has emerged the country's largest market because of proximity, making it easier to ship the fruit. Farms are not controlled by Japanese proponents because there are 100-percent Filipino firms that supply to Japan, he added. It was only in the late 1960s that Japan lifted its ban on importation of bananas. This gave the Philippines the opportunity to enter that market. "The Philippines became the biggest supplier of bananas to Japan because of its proximity. The Philippines is nearer to Japan than Ecuador is," Antig said. Japan is also a good market because it has a huge population which can afford to buy our bananas. "Aside from that, Japan already had the infrastructure to absorb our banana. They had ripening rooms and other facilities that are needed to accommodate importation of bananas," Antig said. He said supply of containers and packaging materials had become an option for buyers, depending on the contracts they enter into. "Companies especially big producers have their own boxes and plastic bags the cost of which they just deduct from the payment to the grower," Antig said In his meetings with the Departments of Agriculture and of the Trade and Industry, Antig said he related PBGEA's request for government to seek for the reduction if not elimination, of tariffs on bananas going to Japan and even Korea. Japan is of particular interest since this is the country's biggest market. Tariffs on bananas in Japan are still high and vary, 20 percent during winter when that country's winter fruits become available. Tariffs are lowered during summer to 10 percent. "That's the policy of Japan that is why we are asking government if it can help the industry negotiate for the reduction if total elimination of tariff," Antig said. Bilaterally, that can be negotiated under the Japan-Philippines economic partnership agreement. Antig said even buyers/importers from Japan are helping lobby with their government for the tariff cut and have petitioned their Ministry of Agriculture on the matter. Lower or no tariffs would further boost volumes to Japan but Antig said the move should be calculated to avoid flooding the market with bananas. A glut could drive the prices down which would not be good for the industry. Antig said PBGEA in a separate meeting with the DTI last week sought its help to help industry in identifying new markets, help exporters diversify and secure fallback markets "We have been requesting if they can conduct more missions," he said. Korea as a market for bananas is still small and there is so much potential to improve the volumes. The tariff in Korea, however, is high at 30 percent. "We can expore Kazahkstan, Tajikistan, Russia, Indonesia, other members of the Emirates," Antig said. He added that the country needs new investors, not just buyers. At this time, Antig said areas devastated by Typhoon Pablo two years ago need to replaced or growers would not be able to meet demand. Of the 14,000 hectares affected by the typhoon, more than half has been rehabilitated so far. Antig said the target is to rehabilitate all these lands by the end of the year and normalize the volume of production and export also this year. Smaller farms cannot rehabitate fast enough without taking out a loan. Insurance money, Antig said, is not enough because development cost in banana growing is big. "Depending on the location and land, the development cost for a hectare could go range from P400,000 per hectare to as high as P1 million. That is the initial investment," Antig said.
“The prices in China were not ..., 27 Dec 2014 [cached]
“The prices in China were not as good as they were two months ago,†Stephen Antig, Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association executive director, told reporters in an interview at the sidelines of the International Banana Symposium at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City. He said the buying price per box right now is less than P100 as compared to the past two months when it reached $16 per box. Antig said the drop in the buying price for bananas can be attributed to an over-supply of bananas in the Chinese market. “Most likely, China has started to produce their own bananas. They are also buying their bananas from Ecuador,†he said. Antig said most of those who will be affected by this are the small banana growers whose main market is China. To address the problem, Antig urged banana growers and exporters, particularly the small growers and exporters, to explore the other international markets like Japan, the United States, and Russia. “The prices in Japan are quite steady and the volume in Japan has not also gone down,†he said, adding that the buying price of banana in Japan is currently at $5 to $6. Antig said the group is also looking into new markets like Russia, former Soviet nations like Ukraine, and the United states.
The typhoon destroyed about 18 per ..., 9 Dec 2012 [cached]
The typhoon destroyed about 18 per cent of the banana plantations in Mindanao, causing losses estimated at 12 billion pesos ($300 million), according to Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association.
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