The Dominican Republic wants to increase its production of mangoes destined for export. In 2018, the country exported 1,412 tons of mango for 20 million dollars, but the Government's objective is to increase that figure to 50 million.
Mango exports increased by 138.8% in the first quarter of this year, reaching 3,272 tons, thanks to the investments being made to increase shipments to international markets.
According to Osmar Benitez, the Minister of Agriculture, "national producers have the knowledge and conduct good practices in the cultivation of mangoes. That's a fact, and the Government has been accompanying them, assisting them, guiding them, and paying attention to phytosanitary care. Since last year we have made a great investment to eradicate the Caribbean fly, the most common insect that affects the mango. Nowadays, we have 9,000 traps installed and we have arranged to buy another 10,000."
The minister also said that the construction of a hydrothermal processing plant in Bani would allow selecting the fruit by size to continue increasing exports. In addition, he took the opportunity to announce the celebration of Expo Mango 2019, which will be held in Bani from June 19 to the 23 with Korea as the guest country.