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Balangon banana trade started from Negros Island and is spreading to different parts of the Philippines, aiming for better quality and a stable supply based on the Banana Renewal Program (BRP).


Near North, Negros
Near North is the nearest production area to Bacolodo City, where the office of ATJ is located. Bananas are grown in the mountains to the north of the city. The small farmers here produce bananas, vegetables and corn for local consumption. At present, 60% of Balangon bananas produced here are already converted to "IB-OB" (improved Balangon) with tags and pouches.


Don-Salvador Benedict (DSB)

DSB is located in the mountains of the northern part of Negros Island. The small farmers grow bananas, vegetables and corn for local consumption. The Balangon bananas are grown on highland. The producers are engaged actively in controlling cultivation through methods such as applying pouches. Most bananas shipped from this area are the "IB-OB" Balangons.


Dumaguete, Negros
The area producing the Balangon extends over the southern part of Negros Oriental. The small farmers grow bananas, vegetables and corn for local consumption. They are committed to improving the quality of the Balangon, and 40% of production is in "IB-OB" Balangon bananas.

 
Mr. and Mrs. Morales
engaged in banana growing.
Banana Farm    


Panay Island
This island produces mainly rice. Most of the Balangon producers are engaged in small-scale farming of rice, vegetables and other kinds of bananas. The Balangon bananas are grown on slopes looking down on Iloilo City. Some producers here have started experimentally cultivating "advanced " (IB-OB) Balangon.


Bohol Island
Small farmers growing tomato, peanuts and other vegetables cultivate the Balangon bananas on nearby land.


Northern Luzon
In this area the Balangon banana used to be the major crop. Many people could send their children to school by selling the Balangon bananas. However, the bananas grown here have suffered from a banana virus disease called bunchytop. Thus, the producers here are not able to grow the Balangon.
Many producers here belong to minority groups such as the Ifgao, who cultivate fruits and vegetables in the mountains. Some Ifgao people have moved to a nearby area to escape from disease in order to continue Balangon cultivation.
The island of Luzon is also hit more frequently by typhoons than any other place in the country, and bananas suffer serious damage.

 
Mr. Baladyin, a banana grower, experiences typhoons almost every year.   Concon Valley is a banana-producing area.


Cavite
It takes one and half or two hours to get to Cavite from Manila, where the ship leaves for Japan. Here, the Balangon are grown on low land and in the mountains. Traditionally the area produced fruits, including bananas and coffee beans, for consumers in Manila. Four growers who own a certain area are engaged in cultivation of NB (New Balangon).

 
Mr. Romy, a grower.   Banana field owned by Mr. Romy. He also grows several crops other than bananas.


Tupi, Mindanao Island
In Mindanao, the production area of the Balangon banana is located in Tupi Municipality, South Cotabato Province in the southeast of the Island. This area has recently become a Balangon production area and started shipment of the Balangon from the middle of 2002. Small farmers who used to grow coconuts have started management practices to grow Balangon between coconuts trees.
Most growers are descendants of immigrants from other islands. At present, they own one or two hectares of land and cultivate various crops including coconut, durian, papaya and corn. While this is the first time for them to grow bananas for export, they are now engaged in cultural management and growing organic bananas, supported by people who had previously worked at banana plantations.

 
At Tupi, bananas are planted between coconuts trees, which provide good shade.   Removing withered leaves
( Ms. Gingging, a grower)
 
   
   
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