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AUS: Doubling Mango Exports

AUS: Doubling Mango Exports

Australia currently exports between 4,000-5,000 tonnes of mangoes annually and is aiming to raise that number to 8,000-10,000 tonnes by targeting affluent consumers in key markets such as China, Korea and the United States, says Robert Gray, CEO of the Australian Mango Industry Association. “We’re a producer of very high-quality, high-flavour mangoes, with relatively expensive production costs compared to Mexico or The Philippines,” he says. The government is negotiating a deal with the US that will hopefully result in the first load of Australian mangoes heading there by February. Australia hasn’t previously been able to export mangoes to the China, Korea, the US or Japan because of fruit fly. “Developing protocols that those countries accept to treat the fruit prior to shipment so they don’t have fruit flies on arrival has been the sticking point,” says Robert. (Source: yahoo.com)