Round fruits? Go local, DA suggests


Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala

“Why does it always have to be apples and oranges?”

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala on Thursday urged Filipinos to patronize local fruits instead of imported ones this holiday season to give local growers a break.

“I’m appealing to the public to buy local fruits. It doesn’t always need to be apples, oranges and grapes,” he said in an interview.

The holidays usually see an influx of apples, oranges and grapes from abroad, although grapes are locally available.

Alcala said the superstitious belief that having round fruits on the dinner table brings good luck and prosperity is a good opportunity for Filipinos to show their support for the local fruit industry.

Filipinos could use indigenous fruits like pomelo, guava, atis, duhat, rambutan, santol, melon, calamansi, lanzones and chico to grace their tables.

If they want oranges, citrus fruits from Central Luzon and Bukidnon are available, he said. Grapes are grown in Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and other provinces.

Other fruits that would spread holiday cheer are durian, pineapple, langka or jackfruit and mango.

The Philippines is a major producer of bananas, mangoes and pineapples which are exported to Japan, South Korea, China and the United States.

But according to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) major fruit crops third quarter bulletin—which tracks the production of bananas, mangoes, pineapples and calamansi—this sector barely grew.

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  • tgm_erick

    i don’t believe in having all kinds of fruits on the table.  i buy enough fruits which i like to serve and eat during medya and noche buena.

  • IanAlera

    A very good idea. Purchasing local produce helps Filipino farmers. 

  • Jhhay

    Naku alam ba ninyo minsan un local pa ang mahal..Look at pomelo prices…Buti nga dito at least ala mga inection mga frutas like Pakistan..tinuturukan syrup para bumigat at tumamis

  • gabby

    well,, good suggestion, but can the ordinary pinoy afford fruits when they can’t even afford a kilo of rice

  • manggoding

    Bright Idea. Apples are not really that good.
    I like better our chico,duhat,sinegwelas,santol,sentores,calumpit,rambutan, atis,lanzones.
    More ads and their good effects will help boast consumption.
    Pwera lang ang Balimbing, kasi marami na sa Politiko.

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