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The Sarmiento Farms offers products such as rice and mango. For any inquiry, please e-mail us at info@sarmiento.biz. Leonida D. Sarmiento, farm owner A TASTE OF MANGOES FROM PANGASINAN

The Sarmiento Farms, a small family-run mango orchard and rice farm, is a green sanctuary of 22 mango trees (21 carabao variety known as the Philippine Super Mango and one indian variety). The farm is situated in the village of Guiling, Rosales, Pangasinan, Philippines. This year (2006), more than 75 kaing (a big bamboo basket with two handles at the edge) were harvested. Rice is planted in the paddies as intercrops. We expect an increase with our mango trees yield in the near future.

Demy P. Sarmiento, farmer

The price of mangoes in Pangasinan is very cheap during peak season because of oversupply. The province is one of the top mango-producing provinces in the Philippines which include Zambales, Bataan, Guimaras, La Union, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Batangas. Around 70% of mangoes in the country are harvested in Luzon while about 30% come from Visayas and Mindanao.



PhP20 per kilo is the price of medium size ripe mango in the market during the months of April through May. In 2004, Ms. Aida Delfin-Sarmiento, farm owner, has decided then to sell the mangoes to Cavite and Metro Manila where the price is relatively higher. The fruits were then sold there for PhP50 per kilo, or PhP500 per kaing. This year, traders from Villasis, Pangasinan came to pick up and buy the fruits. Our overripe and unsold mangoes were then processed into mango shake for ice candy flavoring.

Our postharvest loss in 2004 from 19 kaing, our very first harvest from four trees, was quite high due to diseases like stem-end rot. However, we were able to minimize loss in the next harvesting season because we subjected the freshly harvested mango to hot water treatment (52-55 degrees Celsius) for approximately 10 minutes to control the diseases. This is one of the methods being used by mango export companies.

Pangasinan carabao mango is one of the best quality ever found in the Philippines. Mangoes are exported to Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, China, US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Mango is next to pineapple and banana in terms of volume of production. Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and migrant Filipinos also bring Philippine mangoes whenever they go back to their workplaces abroad.


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