Eddy Martínez, head of the Mango Export Committee of the Guatemala Agricultural Export Association, recently stated that the scale of mango exports will be expanded in 2021 to make up for the economic losses caused by the 2020 epidemic.
Guatemala elperiodico news network reported on March 8 that recently, Martinez said that the outbreak of the new crown epidemic has caused a significant decline in Guatemala mango exports in 2020 compared to previous years. Therefore, Guatemala will expand mango exports in 2021 to compensate for the economy On the loss.
Martinez said that currently six large-scale mango export companies in Guatemala have started mango picking this year, and other companies will also enter the picking stage one after another. According to the commission’s forecast, the national export volume of fresh mangoes will reach 40 million pounds in 2021, an increase of 25%over 2020; and the export volume of frozen mangoes will reach 4 million to 5 million pounds, an increase of 10%over 2020. In terms of export value, it is estimated that in 2021, the export value of fresh mango will reach 12 million US dollars, and the export value of frozen mango will reach 3 million US dollars. Martinez said that this year’s mango export goal is to return to the level of 2019.
Martinez introduced that Guatemala has about 5,000 hectares of mango plantations. The mango ripening period is usually from 2 to the end of May and lasts for 4 months in total. Picking mature mangoes often requires a lot of labor and can provide a lot of jobs.
Guatemala’s fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables are mainly exported to the United States and Europe. Neighboring countries in the Americas such as Chile, Peru, Brazil, and Ecuador are also important export markets. In addition to fresh mangoes and frozen mangoes, Guatemala also exports mango pulp that has been cut or processed in other ways because they have a longer shelf life, are easier to store and export, and are more adaptable to changing mango prices in the international market.