Abudulkadir Nasir, the president of National Association of Mango Producers, Processors and Marketers of Nigeria, has said that his association is already working on how to stop the waste of mango fruits and make it competitive export produce.
Nasir regretted to annually sees losses of 700,000 out of 900,000 tons of mangos produced in Nigeria, and said the association has embarked on sensitization of mango farmers on how it will control and eliminate flies that attack mangos and render then inedible and unfit for exports.
Speaking with reporters at a workshop on the control of fruit flies aimed at quarantine officers and mango producers nationwide -organized by European Union- Nasir stated that the essence of the workshop was to sensitise farmers and quarantine agents on what to look out for during the phytosanitary inspection of mangos so that the fruits can meet regulations of the European Union.
He said that fruit flies inhibit standard qualities of fruit such as Mangos and also retard their yield, which was the reason the aim of the workshop was to enlighten and teach quarantine officers the efforts and control measures of the fruit fly in mango production.
The Association is looking seriously at internal processing like mango chips that are more palatable than all the chips you find around but there are no people venturing into it. The Association is planning to go the six geopolitical zones to create awareness to develop their plantations in such a way that they conform to international best practices that could sell in Nigeria and outside.