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DTI-Sorsogon Strongly Advocates for Pili Nut in Global Market

SORSOGON CITY, Nov. 20 (PIA) -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office here has convened anew pili nut farmers, producers, and other industry stakeholders to promote and make pili gain momentum in the local, and most especially, in the global market.

The province remains the largest supplier of pili in Bicol region and has now developed processors in the province inching their way not only to the local market but priming for foreign market as well said Leah A. Pagao, DTI Sorsogon director.

“In fact, Tia Berning Pili Candies will soon be available in the Korean market,” she proudly said.

Pagao furthered that pili would not have made a hit in the market without the usual backings and support from various stakeholders.

She took the opportunity to thank Mayor Leovic Dioneda of this city for fully supporting the efforts of championing Sorsogon as pili producer through their various programs, activities, and assistance to growers.

She also said that for their part, DTI has offered technical programs and services to develop the capability of entrepreneurs along managerial, skill, marketing, and even in accessing credit for business expansion or transformation.

Furthermore, Pagao narrated that apart from marketing and promotion activities being conducted by DTI, the Kasanggayahan Trade Fair 2012 last October highlighted the pili, which is considered the province’s champion commodity.

“Likewise, the same exposure will be repeated in December this year during the Sorsogon Festival of Sorsogon City,” she added.

Internactive map: Top Pili producing provinces.

Major issues and concerns from the participants were drawn out such as government’s assistance to the pili farmers, increasing the number of pili trees, comprehensive approach to pili industry or the need for pili development plan, and the support to the micro pili food processors.

Pili (scientific name: Canarum ovatum) is a tropical fruit native to Bicol and is considered by the Department of Agriculture (DA) the "flagship commodity" in Bicol Region. It is abundant especially in Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon.
In 1992, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported that Bicol supplied 82 percent of the national volume, most of which came from Sorsogon. This prompted the National Economic Development Authority to declare Sorsogon as the commodity champion for pili. Moreover, best quality of pili is found in Sorsogon.

As per record of the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Sorsogon belongs to the top pili-growing provinces in the country with 3,693.10 metric tons (MT); followed by Albay with 1,818.79 MT; Northern Samar, 782 MT; Camarines Sur, 354.96 MT; Quezon, 104.95 MT; Samar, 101.16 MT; Negros Occidental, 89.98 MT; Eastern Samar, 84.83 MT; Camarines Norte, 43 MT; and Catanduanes with 11.04 MT. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/MPC-DTI Sorsogon)

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