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Established in 1974, the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association, Inc. (PBGEA) is a non-stock corporation that serves as the central coordinating agency for the development and the advancement of the banana export industry in the Philippines. As th... more.
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PBGEA executive director Stephen Antig said that banana growers have suffered from the Fusarium wilt in recent years and industry leaders have yet to discover a variety that is resistant to the disease, with the same quality that is acceptable by the global market.
There have been resistant varieties developed like the GCTCV218 and OT219 but none of these have so far shown 100 percent success, he said. Stephen Antig, for his part bewailed the plant quarantine fees that government has once again increased "amid the various threats the growers have to contend with. He believes the fees should be rolled back so that the industry can survive. He previously said that he sees a global market war this year with Ecuador, Sri Lanka, and India, as they have started shipping bananas to the Philippines' existing markets such as China, Japan, and South Korea.
Banana industry profit margin decrease noted | SunStar
Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) President Stephen Antig said that aside from climate change as one of the factors hindering profit margin increase for banana, around 40 percent of the total production cost goes to labor cost.
"We are one of the very few countries that implement minimum wage. Other countries price labor like a commodity. And as a commodity it should be subject to supply and demand," Antig said. He added that the demand for a specific job should determine the level of wage it will offer.
Peace talks, piracy of experts concern banana industry | SunStar
PBGEA president Stephen Antig told SunStar Davao that the resumption of peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will positively impact the business industry in Mindanao.
That's also a concern and that's also something that we would like the government to really address," said Antig. With the Philippines' 48 years of being in the banana trade industry, Antig said we are indeed steps ahead of other Southeast Asian countries in terms of expertise but he said it can be easily acquired by other nations if they pay the right price.
Panama disease-resistant banana research ongoing | SunStar
PBGEA President Stephen Antig said on Friday, March 3, that based on the latest data from the Department of Agriculture (DA), around 15,000 hectares (has.) of banana plantations are already affected by the Panama disease in Mindanao alone.
"Once the plantation had been affected by the Panama disease, the farmers can no longer plant the same variety, thus, a need to develop a new variety resistant of this disease," Antig added. According to Antig, there had been several varieties that were developed but are still on observation stages. "We continue to test if these are indeed the varieties we need. Research is a very long process, that's why it is also very expensive. We should not stop in identifying these varieties," Antig said, adding that the process they are using is natural selection and not genetic engineering. Antig said genetic engineering is a concept not yet widely accepted in the banana industry and market. He hopes that through natural selection method, researchers will still be successful in identifying and developing a new variety. With around 96 percent of the total banana production in the Philippines coming from Mindanao, he estimated that because of this Panama disease affecting banana plantations in Mindanao, the industry loses around 55.5 million boxes or some US$333 million. Each box contains 13 kilograms of bananas. Antig said some of the new varieties were already planted in the affected areas but the success of these plantations has yet to be determined.