KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 25, 2019 – Come next month, Jamaica will export its first shipment of mangoes to the United States.
Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw says it’s being facilitated through the Mango Irradiation Programme, under which his ministry works with the US Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS) to ensure compliance with US import requirements that stipulate mangoes be treated by irradiation or hot water emersion, prior to being brought in.
“As an incentive, the Ministry will provide assistance by waiving the fees associated with inspection, storage and usage of the plant quarantine/produce inspection facilities for a one-year period [from] May 2019 to May 2020,” Shaw told Parliament on Tuesday.
He added that “only approved mango exporters to the United States will be eligible for this waiver, at an estimated value of $1 million per exporter for the year”.
Three farms have already been approved to participate under the programme, with another 12 on the verge of approval.
Shaw also disclosed that a Fruit Tree Programme Unit will be established to commence an initiative that he announced last year, to plant five million fruit trees over a five-year period.