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Mr. Stephen A. Antig

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Executive Director

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

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"We're quite lucky in that we were not badly hit by the last typhoon," said Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and ... Add a comment
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"We're quite lucky in that we were not badly hit by the last typhoon," said Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and ... Add a comment
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Probably, it will come after the next election," said Stephen Antig, executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), during the weekly Habi at Kape sa Abreeza Mall on Tuesday.
He cited, for instance, the PBGEA's request to the department to come out with a mapping of the affected areas by Panama Disease, also known as the Fusarium Wilt, in Mindanao "but so far we have not received such inventory."
Antig added that one of its members is still not allowed to export Cavendish bananas to China after the suspension issued by the Chinese government during the 2012 banana crises.
He suggested to the Philippine government to renegotiate with the inspection and quarantine bureau in China to lift the suspension, although the country's Plant Quarantine Services is doing a regular check if the growers here follow the sanitary protocols.
"We can actually go to China and explain to them what measures we have taken so the suspension will be lifted," Antig said.
"But it may not (affect the health) because once hit by Panama disease, your bananas will no longer bear fruits," Antig pointed out.
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Reacting to reports on Friday, PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig said the issues hurled against the banana industry were not new, as the groups opposing it have been recycling issues to attack the industry.
Asked to comment, Antig said: "We cannot talk about that... It's already there.
Antig added the allegations of some farmers that the use of banana oil to make the chemicals more adherent to bananas reduces the productivity of the nearby crops.
He said the oil would melt away when exposed to the extreme heat of the sun.
He also said that the suggestion of Department of Agriculture to use drones instead of agricultural aircraft will incur more costs on the part of the big companies and will take more time.
An agricultural aircraft would cover 200 hectares per hour while a drone would cover only 2.2 has per hour, he said.
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PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig told the SunStar newspaper that banana growers have suffered losses from Panama disease, as well as from the devastating effects of the El Niño weather pattern.
Mindanao's banana acreage fell from 44,479.65ha in 2014 to 42,316.41ha in 2015 as a result, he said. Production volumes also dropped between January and September 2015 to 85,324,491 boxes, compared with 90,147,480 boxes for the prior year period.
The Philippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport), meanwhile, estimates the region's plantation losses at 6,000ha last year.
Antig has appealed for government support to help the banana industry recover, according to SunStar. He said small-scale growers are worst affected.
As well as cuts to production, the Philippine banana sector is also losing market share in China, Japan and South Korea, as Ecuador, Sri Lanka and India make inroads in those countries, he said.
Antig told SunStar the Philippine banana industry faced several challenges, including law and order in certain local production zones, pests and diseases, government policies, and sustained competitiveness.
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