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Fruit Jungle Organics - Northern Territory Mangoes
"Our goal is to develop the certified organic market segments and increase our plantings for our brand."
A Northern Territory mango grower is hopeful that some late-flowering might help increase this season's crop size.
Harvesting begun at some farms in Darwin in early July, with small volumes sent to market, to date. The owner of Fruit Jungle Organics, in Humpty Doo, Darren Hill says mango production in the Territory is looking like it may be down, but it is early days.
"If you were to go by what has set on trees currently, I would say the NT crop is down," he said. "But in saying this, there is a big flower pushing around the NT currently and it is late. If this makes it through the hotter weather, then it will be a big season."
Fruit Jungle Organics has two farms, producing Kensington pride (KP) and also R2E2 varieties. Both are sold into the certified organic domestic market, with the excess being sold on the conventional market, and some R2E2 is also exported.
"The Certified organic market for mango is a small one generally the mangoes are sold to domestic agents, who then sell to organic shops," Mr Hill said. "Our partners are very pleased with our quality and shelf life, as this gives them the edge over other retailers, as they have our branded product with fruit quality and shelf life. Our goal is to develop the certified organic market segments and increase our plantings for our brand."
Mr Hill says demand is growing steadily for the company's branded quality certified organic produce.
"Feedback from customers that have purchased our line, is that they are happy to pay for the extended shelf life, and the quality and density of the fruit that they were not able to access before our product came to market," he explained. "One of the keys is that people who talk about organics are more likely to purchase more often. Also, new organic consumers aren't looking for specific organic brand such as ours they are looking at just organic produce in general. So, we are working on changing this."
Fruit Jungle Organics supplies both the domestic and export markets, but Mr Hill says he is still in the early stages of market development.
"It is looking promising so far," Mr Hill said. "We are always looking for partners to expand our brand both domestic and export with the Fruit jungle organic certified brand. Currently, our yields for Fruit Jungle is down slightly this year, but we will still be able to fill our certified organic market window. Most of the production is placed into the domestic conventional market and export."
The National Mango Board seeks to promote mango consumption in the United States
The National Mango Board aims to boost mango consumption in the United States next year. To achieve this, the organization plans to strengthen digital marketing by carrying out strategies on social networks, webinars, and by posting informative videos on its website, stated the entity's executive director, Manuel Michel.
In addition, it seeks to guarantee the quality of the fruit throughout the supply chain so that the mango's maturity is optimal when it reaches the market. “If we achieve this, we could have the same consumption as avocado. Mango per capita consumption in the US would increase by more than 100%,” Michel stated. Mango per capita mango consumption in the United States increased from 2.5% in 2014 to 3.25% in 2019.
The organization is also working on improving the location of the mango on supermarket shelves. "We know that when mango is placed next to citrus and stone fruit, prices and sales increase," Michel noted, adding that they were in talks with 100 retail chains in the United States.
In addition, they are working to create a catalog of mango varieties with great potential and to find the packaging to sell the fruit packed. “We want to find a solution, an alternative to sell the packaged product; it could be in bags, small cardboard boxes, or clamshells. A new container would help us a lot, but it has to be a special container, as it must be sustainable and shouldn't harm the environment,” he said.
The National Mango Board is made up of 11 members, 5 from Mexico, 2 from Peru, 1 from Ecuador, and 1 from Guatemala.
Source: Redagrícola / agraria.pe
US senators want to increase pressure on Mexico in potatoes-for-avocados dispute
Several US senators issued a letter to the USDA and US Trade Representative on August 18th, intent on increasing the pressure on Mexico for more access to US potato producers.
Currently, US fresh potatoes can only be sold within 26 kilometers of US-Mexico border. That contradicts a 2014 Mexican government decision to allow fresh US potatoes to be sold throughout Mexico, which was later overturned by a Mexican court. The litigation regarding the ruling remains ongoing and is currently in the Mexican Supreme Court.
US Senators Mike Crapo, Cory Gardner and James Risch wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging them to consider all methods available to resolve the dispute.
California grown Finger limes and avocados available in subscription boxes
Consumer interest for Citriburst Finger Limes is up as they are high in vitamin C, a key element for immune health.
Direct connection with consumers
Megan Shanley Warren says “Here at Shanley Farms we are big believers in communicating directly with our consumer fans. We reach out and communicate on a regular basis with all the consumers that have been buying our Citriburst Finger Limes. We call them our Citriburst Champions.”
Shanley Warren continued “Our Morro Bay Avocado season is approaching, we have alerted our Citriburst fans asking them to share with family and friends the unique quality of our Morro Bay Avocados. We have also shared with our fans and asked them, to share with their friends and family, the retail banners that are planning to carry our Morro Bay Avocado program. In these days of electronic connection versus personal interaction we are finding people actively looking for new experiences to share. With this in mind, we are also working with HarvestMark’s QR code program to convey a greater depth of product information directly to consumers in order to enrich their experience with Shanley Farms product.”
Megan Shanley Warren's boys proudly show the subscription boxes.
Shanley Farms also ships subscription boxes to consumers with various specialty items from the farm, in addition to Citriburst Finger Limes and Morro Bay Avocados, the families’ branded produce lines. Megan Shanley Warren says “By combining our farm’s production, including both Citriburst and our Morro Bay Avocados in recipes, it provides both fun and versatile ways to use our products from smoothies and snacks to main courses and desserts.”
West African mangoes on the European market: towards a very positive 2020
On a demanding European market affected since March by COVID-19, following Côte d’Ivoire at the beginning of the campaign, Mali and Senegal also show very encouraging results, reflecting the efforts of the entire sector.
In recent years, there have been numerous and recurrent interceptions of mangoes imported into Europe due to the presence of fruit fly. With the European Union’s revision of its phytosanitary regulations, a new European directive came into force on 1 September 2019, imposing additional requirements on all countries exporting mangoes to the EU.
As part of the intra-ACP Fit For Market SPS programme, funded under the 11th European Development Fund, ColeACP is supporting ACP and particularly West African National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs) in complying with these stricter phytosanitary measures. It is the responsibility of the NPPOs to respond to the phytosanitary regulations by drawing up and submitting to the EU a national action plan to limit the phytosanitary risk linked to the import of mangoes into the EU, prior to any mango exports.
ColeACP’s activities since the announcement of this new regulation have been numerous and ongoing: the stakes were high since without a national response to the EU regulation, no mangoes from third countries in general, and from West Africa in particular, could have been exported to the EU during the 2020 campaign. The socio-economic impact of a halt to mango exports would have been extremely negative on the thousands of workers involved in the West African sector – mainly young and female – as well as on producers, since production relies on numerous small-scale orchards.
ColeACP quickly informed ACP stakeholders and partners of the new regulations and their possible impacts on the value chains. Specific support was then provided: development of technical support, training of local experts, and assistance to national working groups bringing together public and private stakeholders to develop, validate and implement national strategies for surveillance, control and management of fruit flies, summarised in the form of dossiers to be sent to the EU for validation.
This sustained effort by all parties involved has paid off. A first success was the validation by the EU of the mango dossiers from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Mali and Senegal, presenting the national system approach adopted to reduce the presence of fruit fly on mangoes exported to the EU.
Only one lot intercepted during the Mali campaign
One example of success is the historically low number of interceptions of Malian mango lots in Europe during the 2020 campaign: only one lot was intercepted. This represents a remarkable improvement compared with previous years. We would like to congratulate all our partners in Mali for this success: the National Directorate of Agriculture, the National Plant Protection Organisation, the Interprofession de la filière mangue du Mali, along with the entire private sector, local experts, and other programmes that have contributed to this result. More than 12,500 tonnes were exported from Mali this year, including nearly 3,000 tonnes by road.
Our support to the relevant authorities will continue to maintain this situation and support them in the face of new challenges they may face in the future.
Like Mali, Côte d’Ivoire had very few fruit fly-related notifications on entry to the EU market: only four compared with 15 last year.
In Senegal, the initial signs are also positive in terms of the quality of products that have been marketed in the EU: the campaign is currently ongoing, and there have so far been no interceptions linked to fruit flies.
Following on from the successful beginning of the campaign in April by Côte d’Ivoire, and the quality of West African mango this year, recognised by buyers as a very sweet, fragrant mango with a nice exterior colour and uniform at maturity, the 2020 assessment looks very positive.
These results are due to the efforts of the European and African private sector working together with the competent national authorities, mobilised this year particularly around the control of quality throughout the sector, and of successful operational agility in the global context of COVID-19.
The Dominican Republic develops a technical guide for the sustainable production and export of mango
The National Council for Agricultural and Forestry Research (CONIAF) has released a modern technical guide for the sustainable production and export of mango in order to promote the cultivation of this fruit in the Dominican Republic and increase its profitability.
During the guide's launch, Juan Chavez, the director of CONIAF, said that this guide a way of promoting the cultivation of mango to meet the growing national and international demand for the fruit and to improve the quality of life of Dominican producers.
“This guide is part of the technology transfer program implemented by CONIAF jointly with the Dominican Institute for Agricultural and Forestry Research (IDIAF), the Mango Cluster, and other public and private institutions, which aims at training leading technicians and producers in various export crops, such as mango," he said.
The "Technical Guide for the Sustainable Production of Mango Cultivation for Export" was compiled by Engineer Jose Leger and it includes the most modern technologies generated by Dominican researchers to increase mango production and productivity. The guide includes good practices in the nursery, the workers' health and well-being; the design and organization of quality plants in the nursery, good agricultural practices in crop management, and harvest and post-harvest management, including the new rules to export to the EU and the US.
The book is available free of charge to all technicians, producers, and the general public on the CONIAF website www.coniaf.gob.do, as well as at the institution's offices located at Calle Felix María del Monte No. 8, Gazcue, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“We’ll switch to Brazil’s mango supply in September”
US mango supplies are currently coming from Mexico and will be switching over to Brazil in September. Sabine Henry of Central American Produce shares: “The Mexican mango season moves through different regions, and we get different varieties out of each region. Earlier on in the season we had Hadens and Tommy Atkins. Right now, we are getting Keitt mangoes out of the southern Sinaloa region.”
Good mango market this season
At the start of the mango season there were a lot of worries about what demand and pricing would look like this year. Fortunately, Central American Produce was pleasantly surprised. “At the beginning of the season we thought it would be a disaster this year,” Henry shares. “But a lot of consumers realized the great health benefits of mangoes: they have high levels of vitamin C and they are an immune booster. This helped a lot with the sales. We’ve seen a lot of movement and have had a great season so far.”
The mango market has been strong this season, Henry adds. “Prices were higher than we expected, which is probably because there’s been a good overall demand. This seems to be a new trend: we’ve seen a good market for the mangos in the past two years,” she says.
Brazilian season coming up
The Mexican mango season will last to the end of this month, and in September Central American Produce will switch to Brazilian product. “They are starting to pack their product now in Brazil and we’ll start seeing light volumes in the first week of September. In the second and third week we’ll start seeing stronger volumes.” The mangoes are sent by ocean freight and no logistical issues are expected.
The mangoes out of Brazil are mostly Tommy Atkins, but Central American Produce also receives a few loads of the Palmer variety. “The Tommy Atkins are the predominant variety out of Brazil. In the US market, those are the most preferred variety because of the way it looks and also because it travels well,” says Henry.
Mangos, because of their tropical nature, are often seen as an essential summer fruit by consumers. In recent years, though, the fruit has also become more popular throughout the year. “We are seeing more demand outside of the summer season, so we’re hoping that we’ll have a great season from Brazil, and that the consumers will continue to see the health values of the mangos and continue to buy them throughout the year,” Henry concludes.
Pakistan exports 120,000 tonnes of mangoes this season
Minister for National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam, has issued a statement saying that the country during the current season exported 120,000 tonnes of mangoes, up until this time.
He added that during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan exported mangoes to many countries of the world and added the country has registered a sharp rise in the export of fruits and vegetables despite COVID-19.
According to brecorder.com, the Minister also said the fruit also helps sweeten diplomatic relations. He stressed the need to do value addition and branding of the mangoes.
Northern Territory: Urgent call for citizens to pick mangoes
The government of the Northern Territory has been forced to appeal to the patriotic spirit of Territorians to sign up for the job of picking mangoes. In what is called ‘a mango picking crisis’, an earlier recruitment drive that resulted in drafting 170 pickers from Vanuata did not really not put much of a dent into the 1000 picker shortage.
One Katherine mango farm needs 60 people for work starting the first week of October. The farm says the workers may be needed to work 6-7 days per week, 10/14 hours per day for eight weeks.
Department of Primary Industry and Resources and Northern Territory Farmers Association have launched a local worker attraction campaign encouraging Territorians to be local heroes by signing up for fruit picking jobs to help farmers get their produce to market.
The Territory's mangoes are facing new challenges this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions restricting seasonal and backpacker workforces, with farmers expecting a shortfall of up to 1000 workers.