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Horticulture

Research and development of integrated crop management for mango production in the southern Philippines and Australia

Project Code: HORT/2012/019
Program: Horticulture
Budget:
A$973,822
Research Program Manager: Ms. Irene Kernot
Project Leader: Ian Newton - Queensland Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries
Duration:
JUN 2014
JUN 2018
Project Status: Concluded
Key partners
Davao Del Sur
Office of the Provincial Agriculturist
Provincial Agriculturist Office
Southern Philippines Agri-business and Marine and Aquatic Shcool of Technology
University of Southern Mindanao
University of Southern Philippines
University of the Philippines at Los Banos
DOCUMENTS

Overview

This project addressed mango yield and quality issues for smallholder mango farmers, through the adoption of Integrated Crop Management (ICM) in the form of 'best practice'.

The project has strong links to two other ACIAR projects, in mango postharvest (HORT/2012/098) and value chains (AGB/2012/109).

Mangoes are an economically important crop in the Philippines and Australia. Declining production yields and poor quality of fruit have been attributed to high pest and disease pressure, unproductive poorly nourished trees and the high costs of inputs.

The information, technology and linkages formed from this and previous projects were developed into a set of 'best practices' and disseminated to farmers. The project also aimed to improve capacity and training of extension and scientific staff to deliver the crop management packages.

Outcomes

The project aimed to address the R&D priorities identified within the mango industry strategic plans of the Philippines and Australia, and has the support of industry and R&D agencies in both countries. This project also complemented a number of other mango production and postharvest projects in the Philippines and Australia. ACIAR has funded a significant amount of innovative scientific research, which has benefits across many other cropping systems. However, this research is often considered high risk by industry, and as such they are often reluctant to fund such research activities.

It addressed the following research questions:

  • How do we reduce fruit damage and economic losses caused by insect pests?
  • How do we reduce losses due to diseases and thus improve shelf-life?
  • How can we manage trees and inputs to further improve fruit quality, size and yield?
  • How do we deliver the best overall farm management package with mango farmers?