Despite the lifting of the ban for fresh mango exports to the US, proper procedures must be followed before it goes on the market.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in February, announced the lifting of the ban on mango exports from Grenada to the United States.
However, Pest Management Officer Thaddeus Peters says there are some procedures that must first be followed.
He explained that discussions must be held with exporters to brief them on the procedures and implications. Farmers will have to be trained on what is expected of them.
Agriculture Minister Senator Adrian Thomas cites this as a plus for farmers as it is a great foreign exchange earner.
Mango exports generate much needed foreign exchange for Grenada and other countries.
India is the world’s lead exporter of the fruit, followed by China. India was also forced to cease exports but it is scheduled to recommence in two months. It has satisfied the U.S. government requirements to put measures in place to curb pests and disease.