Philippine inspectors fail to find pests in bananas to China


Cavendish bananas from Mindanao. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Philippine quarantine inspectors did not find any pests in the bananas exported to China, according to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.

The three pest management officers who were sent to Beijing to inspect the Philippine bananas that Chinese officials had claimed were contaminated with scale insects “did not see anything,” Alcala said in a radio interview.

As of Thursday, 170 containers of the fruit had been allowed entry into the Chinese market, he said.

In March, Chinese quarantine officials barred the entry of Philippine bananas, saying they had found a type of scale insect in the fruits. China also ordered a 100-percent inspection of incoming banana shipments from Mindanao.

Scale insects are parasites that feed on a plant’s sap. The pests can permanently attach themselves to a plant and prove resistant to pesticides.

Agriculture officials were skeptical of the Chinese quarantine report when it was sent to them.

Clarito Baron, director of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), said the pest identified by China did not occur in bananas. He noted that Japan and South Korea, which received similar shipments, did not make any complaint.

Alcala earlier said the Chinese quarantine assessment could be “political in nature.”

He said it would appear that China was picking on the Philippines as it did not order 100-percent inspections for other countries. Before March, Chinese officials only conducted random checks on fruit imports.

China and the Philippines are feuding over the Panatag Shoal, a group of rocks and reefs in the West Philippine Sea claimed by both countries.

Alcala, who met with banana exporters in Mindanao last week, said China’s complaint should be a “wake-up call” for the industry.

“Even if China did not tighten its rules, we should have made it a principle to really fix the industry,” he said.

He urged local banana producers to invest in better technologies and facilities. Small growers, for instance, do not store their fruit in warehouses, preferring to keep them in sheds. Alcala said they should band together and invest in a central storage house.

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  • makatotohanan

    the truth is chinese bananas is sucks and cannot compete with PH bananas. Long, hard and sweet!!!. I am base in china when PH bananas came in their bananas is get rotten in the supermarket while ours quickly sells even it was expesive than their banana. Let see who will get a big lost in the long run. they will sucks bananas forever.

  • Leslie Miranda

    Tanga lang ang maniwalang ang dahilan ng pag-reject e dahil sa insekto. E di wag tayong mag-export sa mga intsik na yan! Problema ba yun? Itigil din natin pag-import ng mga goods galing sa China. E mga low-quality naman mga galing dun e. Baka nga haluan pa nila ng fetus yung mga gamot na galing dun tulad nung nahuli nila na ipinapasok sa South Korea. Palibhasa mga cannibals at mga walang pagpapahalaga sa buhay ng tao. 

  • rodulio

    The U.S. is also punishing China thru WTO and that the U.S. complains that China’s products are unfairly priced and subsidized. The amount of exports to be move than $7 Billion. In 2010 the U.S also hits China with hefty anti dumping duties for steel pipes. Expect to hear from from this.

    • Yulin Sun

      The thing between China and US is called trade war. It is the game between No.1 and No.2.

      What China did so far is punishing.

      • rodulio

        There will be more. Unfortunately, the one’s who are going to get hurt are the people in the bottom because there will be dislocation as a result of this…

  • IanAlera

    BOYCOTT EVERYTHING made in China — people, products, language.

    People let us fight back, and take control of our economy from these chinese.

    BUY LOCAL, support local industries.

  • Go

    few pests in china believe me,  pests have a hard time there avoiding the barbarian chinese cooking pots

  • Go

    If the chinks don’t allow entrance of our fruits they risk a return of cannibalism …

    • Go

       History of Cannibalism in


      Descriptions of cannibalism appear repeatedly in
      Chinese history, in numerous historical writings and literature, and most recently during
      the Cultural Revolution in the testimony of Cheng I, the Chinese film producer and writer
      who fled to Hong Kong in the spring of 1992 and sought asylum in the United States in

      In his book Shokujin Enseki – Massatsu sareta
      Chugoku Gendaishi (Cannibal Banquet – Modern Chinese History Erased) (Tokyo:
      Kodansha Kappa Books, 1993), Cheng I describes in detail how, as a young Red Guard during
      the Cultural Revolution in south China, he witnessed hundreds of children, women and men
      classified as Counter-revolutionaries killed and eaten by the perpetrators, with such
      comments as “human meat tastes better when broiled than boiled.”

      In the recently published collection of studies Chugoku
      Igaishi, historian Okada Hidehiro quotes passages from the classic Ming dynasty
      (1368-1644) novel Water Margin, also known as All Men Are Created Equal,
      describing a group of villains who sell human meat as beef, as well as other characters
      who eat human flesh.

      According to Okada, King Chu of the Ying dynasty
      (11th century BC) is alleged to have made salted meat and dried meat out of two feudal
      lords, as well as soup out of son of King Wen of Zhou, which he made King Wen eat.

      During times of severe famine, a frequent
      occurence in China, cannibalism became marked.

      The Great Historian Sima Qian records that in
      594BC people ate each other’s children and the dead in the walled city of Song, when it
      was beseiged by the Chu army.

      In the 9th century, towards the end of the Tang
      dynasty (618-906) a Persian trader reported that human flesh was being sold openly in

      During the 12th century, it was said that 15 jin
      (1 jin = 1.323lbs) of dried meat was obtained from one human being.

      Towards the turbulent close of Yuan dynasty
      (1276-1368), it was said that children’s meat was best, then women’s, and the least were

      Cannibalism was practiced not merely for sheer
      survival, but also as a means of revenge. Lu Xun (1881-1936) recounts such a case in his
      work …., in which a revolutionary was killed in 1907 and his heart eaten by an enemy.
      This incident may have also inspired Lu Xun to write his celebrated novel Diary of a
      Madman (1918), in which cannibalism sevres as an analogy for the decrepit state of
      modern China.

      The Chinese also believed medicinal benefits
      could be obtained from eating human flesh, and the benefits are described in their 16th
      century medicinal book Bencao Ganmu.

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