Mango surplus in the Philippines: News Review

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If you’re a mango lover you might consider this a good problem to have, but for farmers in the Philippines, two million kilograms of surplus mangoes have sent prices plummeting and it’s slashed their income. The government, meanwhile, is trying to make sure that surplus mangoes don’t rot, by encouraging people to buy more and cook more.

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