MBFEA to make PH top ba­nana ex­porter in Rus­sia again

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSI­NESS - By Jen­nie P. Arado

THE Min­danao Ba­nana Farm­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. (MBFEA) is de­ter­mined on bring­ing back the Philip­pines as the top ba­nana ex­porter in Rus­sia de­spite Rus­sia’s dis­ap­point­ment of the in­con­sis­tent ba­nana sup­ply from the Philip­pines.

In an in­ter­view with the new MBFEA pres­i­dent Richard Mark de­los Reyes, dur­ing the Ba­nana Congress held at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2017, he said Rus­sia cur­rently im­ports their ba­nana from Ecuador when the ba­nana plan­ta­tions in the Philip­pines were dam­aged by typhoons and could no longer meet up with the de­mand of the coun­try.

“When we went back to the Rus­sian mar­ket to check for in­ter­ested im­porters, sadly, they are re­ally dis­ap­pointed that the Philip­pines stopped sup­ply­ing ba­nanas to Rus­sia. They thought why would they get sup­ply from us if they al­ready have a sta­ble sup­ply of ba­nana from Ecuador. As of now, they’re re­ally hes­i­tant,” he said.

De­los Reyes said the ba­nana grow­ers and play­ers in the Philip­pines should work harder to keep up and com­pete with the qual­ity of the Ecuado­rian ba­nanas to bring back the Rus­sian mar­ket.

He said the Philip­pines can try pen­e­trat­ing again the eastern side of Rus­sia as Philip­pines is clos­est to it than Ecuador is.

How­ever, De­los Reyes said the eastern side of Rus­sia has a smaller de­mand, about 70 con­tain­ers per month, as the area is still de­vel­op­ing. This is way smaller than the ba­nana de­mand on the west­ern side or the Eu­ro­pean side of Rus­sia, which has a de­mand of about 1,000 con­tain­ers per month and where Ecuador is ex­port­ing to now.

“We’re not com­pet­i­tive there be­cause Ecuador is very much near to them. Of course the lo­gis­tics cost is a lot cheaper and when we trans­port our ba­nanas to the west side of their coun­try, specif­i­cally St. Pe­ters­burg, tran­sit time takes about 40 days. Ecuador to Rus­sia takes only two weeks at most. When it comes to qual­ity, Ecuado­rian ba­nanas are also bet­ter be­cause it ar­rives to them fresher,” said de­los Reyes.

He said ex­port of ba­nanas in Rus­sia will still grad­u­ally re­sume in the eastern side of the coun­try but might not be as huge as it was five years ago.


BA­NANA CONGRESS. From left, Philex­port 11 Chair­per­son Domingo Ang leads the rib­bon cut­ting of yes­ter­day’s Ba­nana Congress held at SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in SM Lanang in Davao City to­gether with former Philex­port 11 Pres­i­dent Ann Pam­intuan, Philex­port 11 Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Marañon and Sen. Cyn­thia Vil­lar’s Chief-of-Staff Micheal Regino and other VIPs and guests.

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