1 in 6 mangoes consumed in the EU are from Africa

According to FruitTop, Europe is expected to consume 300,000 tons of mangoes in 2016. There is increasing room for African mangoes on the European market, where currently 1 in 6 mangoes consumed are from Africa. Latin America remains the largest supplier (460,000 tons) and Peru (70,000 tons) to the EU. 

The season is not yet finished, but it is estimated that 50,000 tons of mangoes will be exported to Europe this year from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. In just a few years the Ivory Coast has managed to double their exports to Europe (to 30,000 tons), and 1 in 10 mangoes will be from the Ivory Coast. 

These figures are a real achievement, particularly considering the threat from fruit fly. Latin mangoes are no longer concerned with the problem as their main market, the US, has imposed a cold treated against the insect direfctly with the suppliers. There is no such setup in Europe and the infected shipments are normally stopped when they arrive in the EU. However, the number of such shipments is decreasing, thanks in particular to the Ivory Coast who have managed to wipe out the phenomenon by developing insecticides and prevention techniques - only 2 shipments were infected and seized on arrival in the EU, compared to 62 two years ago. Senegal has gone from 11 infected shipments in 2014 to 2 shipments out of the 8,500 tons they exported in 2016. The Harmattan (hot, dry and dusty wind blowing over West Africa) has also cleared away a lot of parasites in 2015-2016. Mali and Burkina Faso did not benefit from the weather though and saw an increase in infected shipments, maybe, Pierre Gerbaud expert at Cirad suggests, due to a more difficult political context. 

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