WORLD FOCUS: Mangoes in the Philippines

Curse of a bumper mango harvest in the Philippines

A glut of 2 million mangoes exposes the Philippines' vulnerability to climate change and lack of govt planning

An unusually long dry spell this year led to a surplus of some two million mangoes in the Philippines, causing prices to collapse in certain parts of the country and revealing how the farming infrastructure is woefully ill-prepared for the turmoils stirred up by a rapidly changing, unpredictable climate.

It was a bumper harvest that had consumers snapping up baskets-full of the fruit in state-organised "mango festivals", but burying farmers deeper in debt.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2019, with the headline 'Curse of a bumper harvest'. Print Edition | Subscribe