Mango has become one of the most important export products of the Dominican Republic and a hallmark of the country, which has its own international fair, Expo Mango, held annually in Bani.
In the last 15 years, the Dominican mango productive sector has improved its techniques to increase the quality of its fruits, specifically irrigation, good soil quality, and good luminosity techniques, which has allowed it to increase exports.
In 2019 the fair will be held from June 19th to the 23rd in the Square of the City Hall of Bani, and on the first day of the event, a hydrothermal plant for the treatment of fruit to improve its export quality will be opened. This will be the second plant in the country, as there already is one in Espaillat (Moca).
The president, vice president, and sales manager of the Banileja Association of Mango Producers (Abapromango), Andres Mejia, German Baez, and Jose Luis Arias, say that, since 65% of the Dominican mango is exportable, producers are also focusing on meeting the requirements of the United States and Europe, which has a new regulation with four requirements:
The plots must be free of flies completely, the area must be a fly-free zone, the production area must have been free of fruit fly during the previous three months, and it must have a hydrothermal capacity.
The event was also attended by the president, the vice president, and the executive director of the Dominican Mango Cluster, Rafael Leger, Julio D'Oleo and Gisela Tavares. The executive director of the Dominican Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF), Rafael Perez, also participated in the event.
The Dominican Republic exports more than four mango varieties to the United Kingdom (41%), the Netherlands (33%), France (8%), Germany (6%), and the United States of America (4%). The varieties exported are the Keitt (66%), Mingolo (18%), Grano de Oro (9%), Banilejo (6%), and other varieties (1%).