The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) estimates that the country will make its first shipment of mangoes to the United States in a maximum of three months. This achievement is the product of the Sanitary Diplomacy promoted by the National Government and 2 years of negotiations of protocols and the design of the work operational plan between the Ministry of Agriculture, ICA, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“We provided immediate technical responses to APHIS requirements, which expedited the publication for international consultation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the standard for access of fresh mango to the US market under two options: with hydrothermal treatment or with irradiation at the destination. This is a great advance for the Colombian mango and we expect to be making our first shipment to the US in two or three months,” said Deyanira Barrero Leon, the general manager of ICA
At present, there are more than 100 mango farms authorized for export, with an area of nearly 2,020 hectares. According to producers, the most predominant mango varieties cultivated in Colombia are the Hilacha mango (39%), Tommy (20%), Keitt (10%), Yulima (10%), and Sugar Mango (5%).
The ICA is currently working with unions, such as Fedemango and Asohofrucol, for the execution of the Operational Work Plan and the start-up of the hot water treatment plant, as well as strengthening plans to reduce the incidence of fruit flies in the properties and areas that will be authorized by the ICA.