TOWARDS A GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICE (GAP)-COMPLIANT MANGO PRODUCTION SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Philippine system of producing mangoes based on big trees has so many disadvantages and has to be revamped. Constraints in the present production system include low yield on a per unit area basis, cultural operations in big trees are hazardous to worker safety and health, and big tree size prevents conduct of good agricultural practices (or GAP). If GAP can be practiced, savings in chemical usage will be realized, worker safety will be safeguarded, and better quality fruits can be produced. Moreover, the fruits produced can gain entry to the markets worldwide. A high density system using small trees has to be established so that Good Agricultural Practices can be fully implemented. However, tree size must be maintained and not allowed to exceed allotted space. Pruning must be done to maintain size. Pruning also synchronizes production and when combined with paclobutrazol, makes off-season fruiting more predictable and productive. The GAP-compliant mango production system eliminates biennial bearing of mango because the whole production cycle can fit in just 12 months.
Protacio, C.M. (2013). TOWARDS A GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICE (GAP)-COMPLIANT MANGO PRODUCTION SYSTEM IN THE PHILIPPINES. Acta Hortic. 992, 69-73
Mangifera indica, paclobutrazol, off-season production, pruning, biennial production, synchronized leaf flushing