This project addresses mango yield and quality issues for smallholder mango farmers, through the adoption of Integrated Crop Management (ICM) in the form of ‘best practice’. The project has strong links to two other ACIAR projects, in mango postharvest (HORT /2012/098) and value chains (AGB/2012/109).
Mangoes are an economically important crop in the Philippines and Australia. Declining production yields and poor quality of fruit have been attributed to high pest and disease pressure, unproductive poorly nourished trees and the high costs of inputs.
The information, technology and linkages formed from this and previous projects will be developed into a set of “best practices” and disseminated to farmers. The project also aims to improve capacity and training of extension and scientific staff to deliver the crop management packages.