COVID-19 hits Oaxaca's mango production

The sanitary crisis has slowed the export of mangoes in the East Isthmus zone, Oaxaca, where 2,500 producers harvest more than 10 million boxes of mango from 30,000 hectares of crops, according to Luis Eduardo de los Santos, the head of the "Mangueros Unidos de San Pedro Tapanatepec y Chahuites" Local Board of Plant Health.

Thanks to the management of the product, the region has eleven packing plants registered for the export of mango. Its main client: the United States. However, during the first week of the last vacation period, the demand from the US market fell by 70%, which affected mango exports and had an impact on the producers' economy.

Mango exports have increased, but to date, there still is a 45% lag in fruit shipments so the product is being distributed locally.

De los Santos also said that a part of the production was intended to meet the demands of various companies in the country. However, most of the companies decreased their processing volume while others halted their production. As a result, demand for the fruit fell by 35%.

Thus, the price of a box of mango dropped considerably and has not been able to recover to date. Producers expect the price will increase once the emergency ends.

During 2019, mango producers from the East Zone of the Isthmus sent 40,000 tons of mango to the United States, mainly of the Tommy and Ataulfo varieties.



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