The European Union's phytosanitary authority confirmed that mangoes from Colombia could enter the European market without the application of quarantine treatments. "This facilitates and makes exports of this fruit, which in 2019 amounted to 700 tons, more dynamic," said the general manager of the Colombian Agricultural Institute, ICA, Deyanira Barrero Leon.
In this case, the health diplomacy strategy activated working mechanisms to avoid trade restrictions as a consequence of the risk analysis carried out by the European Commission for fruit flies present on mango.
"We have obtained official confirmation from the European Commission to continue with mango exports via the systems approach, which allows shipping fruit without carrying out additional quarantine treatments," the director of the ICA said.
This is the result of the joint work with the Colombian Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism, and it is a recognition for ICA's efforts to consolidate areas free of fruit flies as well as areas of low prevalence, especially in the departments of Antioquia, Boyaca, Cesar, Cordoba, Cundinamarca, Magdalena, Norte de Santander, Santander, Tolima, and Valle del Cauca. Currently, more than 100 farms with an area of nearly 2,020 hectares have been authorized to export mango by ICA.
According to producers, the Hilacha mango (39%), Tommy (20%), Keitt (10%), Yulima (10%), and Sugar Mango (5%) are the predominant mango varieties cultivated in Colombia.