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Jamaica seeking to export mangoes to US

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 10:35 AM

The Ministry of Agriculture says the government is moving forward with plans to export Jamaican mangoes to the United States.

Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier, says the ministry is moving apace with a submission to the United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for consideration.

Kellier says Jamaica is seeking to take advantage of the department’s pre-clearance facility, which currently provides the country 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.

The agriculture minister says steps are being taken to institute measures that will allow Jamaica to conform to export/import requirements for mangoes under the facility.

The varieties targeted include: East Indian, St Julian, and Number Eleven.

Kellier was addressing Tuesday’s opening ceremony for the Ministry’s Plant Quarantine Division’s exporters’ forum, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston.