The new EU sanitary regulations for the export of mangoes from countries affected by the fruit fly will become effective as of September 1, 2019. The general manager of the Association of Mango Producers and Exporters of Peru (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera Ortega, said that, even though these restrictions would be difficult to comply with at first, in the long run, they presented Peru with a good opportunity to differentiate itself from its competition.
He also said that the National Agrarian Health Service (Senasa), private companies, and producers were making the necessary efforts to comply with the new regulations by the next mango season, which begins at the end of October.
Rivera said there were four options to enter the mangoes to Europe: producing them in a fruit fly free country (Peru is not), having fruit fly free zones (such as Moquegua and Tacna in the country, which don’t produce mango), having plots free of fruit fly with traceability in the last 3 months, or performing a hydrothermal treatment on the fruit.
In the case of Peru, Senasa has chosen to have free fruit fly plots to apply for a long-term National Fruit Fly Eradication Program.
The general manager of APEM said that the hydrothermal treatment wasn’t a viable option because there was no time to implement the 36 plants necessary to carry out said treatment. In addition, the treatment plants would no longer be necessary once the fruit fly has been eradicated. Furthermore, the hydrothermal treatment affects the mango, diminishing its quality and reducing its post-harvest life.