The 2019 campaign of the lychee will start on November 17th in the Antsinanana and Analanjirofo regions. 17,000 tons of lychees will be exported this year, which is 1,000 less than last year.
In order to maintain the reputation of the Malagasy lychee on the international market, the Antsinanana region encourages operators to supply healthy fruits that are ripe, without stains or stings.
According to the Regional Directorate of Antsinanana, the length of the trip to transport lychees to Europe has been reduced by half. It now takes from 12 to 21 days instead of 45. Ralph Antonio Rasolondraibe claims that “this will allow operators to export ripe fruits. They used to send slightly green fruits that would ripen during the 45 days of the trip at sea, which does not guarantee a lychee of good quality.”
70% of the Malagasy lychees are exported to Europe each year. New markets such as Russia and Saudi Arabia have been added to the country’s client list in recent years.
Madagascar exports about 17,000 tons of lychees each year while the national production reaches 100,000 tons, 80,000 tons of which come from the Antsinanana region. Madagascar ranks third among the world’s producing countries, after China and India.