A Filipino chef and food advocate recently urged the public to help mango farmers from Luzon.
Through his Facebook post, Chef Jam Melchor, who is also the founder of the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, has made the following appeal.
“Food industry friends, we need to help our mango farmers! Sweet, velvety, soft and scandalously succulent – we have the best mangoes in the world!
This season, they are producing about 100 tons per week. One truck can contain 4 tons. They can give it at P25/K if 4 tons ang order. Export grade is at P50/k. You may call DA Main office (AMAS) at (02) 925 3795 so they can link you directly to these mango producers.
Remember that picture of tons and tons of locally grown tomatoes dumped by farmers in Laguna in a waste dumpsite last year was very troubling. For one, the farmers toiled to grow those tomatoes and they got nothing for their effort.
Those tomato farmers figured they have nothing more to lose and decided to keep their pride by dumping their produce instead. That deprived the traders of the opportunity to make their unholy profits at their expense.
Let us not wait for the time when our farmers will give up on us. It is time to rethink how each of us can help them, even in small ways.” #PhilippineMango#SupportourFarmers #LoveLocal #ItsmorefuninthePhilippines#PreserveFilipinoFood
Credit: Jam Melchor