Exports of Jamaica’s St Julian and East Indian mangoes are expected to double in volume for the 2022 season, as more exporters answer the call from the Ministry of Agriculture to fill the growing international demand.
Up to Tuesday, the ministry had received 13 applications for mango exports to the United States this season, four more potential exporters than the country had in 2021. Jamaica is aiming to hit export numbers of 178 tons to the US yearly, doubling the 89 tons of in 2021 and quadrupling the 41 tons of 2020.
The Ministry also anticipates exports to the United Kingdom and Canada to increase as well in 2022. Jamaica got approval for its mangoes to re-enter the US market in 2019; however, the approval comes with conditions. To satisfy conditions for export to the US, the Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspection Branch of the ministry must inspect the crop for pests and diseases.