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High Moroccan demand for Malian mangoes

Naman Keita, CEO of Agroplus Mali, and mango exporter, reports on the Malian mango season. He says, "The season is progressing nicely. Volumes are higher than last year, especially for the Kent variety. Demand is also on target. We are confident that the season will be successful."

The exporter adds, "Our calendars for the Amelie variety began on March 15. For the Kent variety, the first harvests are in the packing stations and will be shipped promptly. The Keit variety will close the season later."

The increase in volumes is due to a marked improvement in climatic conditions in the country, adds Keita. "The flowering phase went through in optimal conditions. We have much more large calibers this season than last. At the start of the campaign, we have an abundance of 6-7-8-9 calibers, and much fewer 10 calibers than the previous campaign, and the 12s are almost non-existent. The larger sizes will therefore be even more available later in the season."

At the start of the campaign, Moroccan demand is strong, says Keita. He gives the example of his own company: "At Agroplus-Mali, in less than a month, we exported over 100 tons of Amelie mangoes to Morocco. We're expecting even greater demand once the Keit is on the market. We're also expecting a pick-up in demand from European markets, following our participation at the last Fruit Logistica exhibition."

According to Keita, Malian mangoes stand out from those of other West African origins currently competing at this time of year. "Compared to Côte d'Ivoire or Senegal, we enjoy more sunshine, which gives our mangoes a special taste and more juice and brix levels. We also have the advantage of a longer season, which lasts until mid-June."

As for prices, there are no changes this season, according to Keita: "The interprofession, which sets reference prices, has decided to keep the same prices as last season."

For more information:
Naman Keita
[email protected]