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RP NCTS 2000-01: Study on the Transport of Fresh Fruits by Road: The Case of Fresh Mangoes for Export in the Province of Zambales

The physical distribution of agricultural commodities in the Philippines is characterized by multiple handling due to the disparity of the distance of the supply areas and the demand centers. This often results in bringing up the cost of transportation thereby decreasing net economic returns on the part of the farmer-producers or traders. In addition the decrease in profits from mango export can also be traced on the substantial volume of commodities being rejected because of the damages incurred during handling and transit. The objective of this paper is to examine the factors that contribute to the damages of mangoes transported via the road network. The study covers four municipalities in the province of Zambales, which are known for growing quality mangoes intended for export. A mathematical model is developed to relate some transportation parameters to the amount of damages incurred. Cost-benefit analysis revealed that the use of high tonnage/heavy vehicles are more appropriate in transporting fresh mangoes for export instead of smaller vehicles with less than two ton capacity. Results of this study serve as valuable inputs on the various aspects of planning particularly on the development of an efficient inter-modal goods movement system that will improve the agriculture sector competitive position in the international market.

UP-National Center for Transportation Studies
Authors Keywords
Boligor, Robema A.; agriculture sector; road; agricultural productivity; agricultural market; transportation;
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