Jamaican mangoes underway to New York markets

Starting this weekend, mango lovers in New York's Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens boroughs will be able to purchase St Julian (Julie) and East Indian mangoes which were shipped from Jamaica earlier this week.

A release from the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC, said the more than 4,500 pounds of mangoes, targeted for the New York, United States, market was exported after Washington DC-based Jamaica Direct Distributing Company, Miami-based US importer Season Farm Fresh Inc, and their Jamaican export partners joined forces.

According to the release, managing director of Jamaica Direct Distributing Company, Byron Wills, said the decision to import the mangoes was made to help Jamaican farmers experiencing a drastic downturn in sales due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and to satisfy a need for Jamaican mangoes in the US.

He also said that the mangoes were earlier scheduled to be shipped to the US at the beginning of the mango season in April, however, due to measures to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, the shipment was delayed.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

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