Ex­porters told to im­prove ba­nana qual­ity to en­ter Rus­sia

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS -

BA­NANA ex­porters are en­cour­aged to have bet­ter and higher-qual­ity prod­ucts if they want to ex­port to Rus­sia again.

Agri­cul­ture as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Le­an­dro Gazmin said the Philip­pines is now the 4th ba­nana source of Rus­sia with only about 4 per­cent of mar­ket share com­pared to it be­ing the first ba­nana source of Rus­sia five years ago with more than 90 per­cent of mar­ket share. He said this is pri­mar­ily be­cause of the typhoon that hit Min­danao in 2012 and thus caused in­con­sis­tency with sup­ply.

In an ear­lier in­ter­view with the Min­danao Ba­nana Farm­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc. (MBFEA) pres­i­dent Richard Mark de­los Reyes, he said they are still de­ter­mined to bring­ing back the coun­try as the top ex­porter of Rus­sia.

Gazmin said ba­nana chips or crack­ers and fresh ba­nana are ranked as the 3rd and 4th agri­cul­tural com­modi­ties ex­ported to Rus­sia by the Philip­pines.

“To avoid the mis­takes of the past, Philip­pine com­pa­nies must

pine com­pa­nies must en­sure that the qual­ity and quan­tity of the Philip­pine ba­nanas should re­main sta­ble at all times. Ba­nana farm­ers and ex­porters should also con­sider plant­ing big­ger size ba­nanas which is the de­mand re­quire­ment of Rus­sia,” said Gazmin adding the stan­dard size for ba­nana in Rus­sia are 4 and 5 hands.

He said the Philip­pines con­tin­ues to push for the Rus­sian ex­port mar­ket as they see the huge po­ten­tial it has, not men­tion­ing that it is the big­gest coun­try in the world and the im­proved Philip­pine-Rus­sia trade re­la­tions should be taken ad­van­tage of.

Gazmin said when they vis­ited Vladi­vos­tok, Rus­sia in Septem­ber, they no­ticed that most of the prod­ucts there are from China given its short dis­tance to the said coun­try. He said he was hop­ing to see Philip­pine ba­nanas from China there as well but un­for­tu­nately the ba­nanas were still from Ecuador.

He said with China as one of the ma­jor ba­nana des­ti­na­tions of the Philip­pines, they are hop­ing to be able to pen­e­trate its neigh­bor Vladi­vos­tok as well.

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