Mango: Exports Expected to Increase

In 2018, Guatemala sold abroad 18 tons of mango, equivalent to $10 million, and by 2019 businessmen expect to achieve an increase of between 10% and 15%.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

According to producer data, the main destinations for Guatemalan fresh mango exports are the U.S., Canada, Europe and Chile, but they expect the increase in sales to result from greater demand from the European and Canadian markets.

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Regarding the variety of fruit harvested in the country, Eddy Martinez, member of the Mango Committee and general manager of the company DFT-Agrotropic, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... In most new mango plantations in Guatemala is planting the keitt variety, which is characterized by being highly productive and the one that has best adapted to climatic conditions."

Regarding the yields reported by local producers, Martinez added that "... with good agronomic management this variety can reach yields per tree higher than 40 boxes of nine pounds of export, which would be equivalent to 25 tons of exportable fruit per hectare."

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CentralAmericaData reports indicate that from January to June 2018, Costa Rica remained the main exporter of frozen fruits in the region, with $41 million. It is followed by Guatemala with $9 million and El Salvador with $2 million. Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras did not record exports.

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The fall of up to 25% in the volume of mango production in Guatemala has caused the price of the fruit to rise.

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In 2010, the Guatemalan mango industry exported 3.3 million cases, equivalent to 17.000 tons of the product.

Executives from the Mango Committee expect to export 4 million cases in 2011, mainly to the United States, which in 2010 captured 80% of shipments.

In Guatemala there are 8.500 hectares of the product in the hands of 1.500 producers, according to the National Institute of Statistics, which reported that 230 farms export to the U.S. and Europe.

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