Caribbean 360 writes that Jamaica is trying to “cash in” on the mango market in the United States:
The Ministry of Agriculture has developed an action plan to submit to the US Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) for consideration and approval for Jamaican mangoes to be exported to that country.
This comes as the Ministry seeks to maximize the opportunities being provided under the USDA’s pre-clearance facility, which currently provides Jamaica with pre-clearance to export some 52 fruits and crops to the United States.
These include breadfruit, calalloo, pineapple, strawberries, and guineps, which were shortlisted prior to 2014, when the facility was extended to incorporate mangoes.
Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier says his ministry is “moving apace,” under its Global Good Agricultural Practices (GLOBALGAP) Certification Programme, to institute measures conforming to export/import requirements for mangoes under the facility. The varieties targeted include: East Indian, St. Julian, and Number Eleven.
[Many thanks to Rod Fusco for bringing this item to our attention.]