Mango is an important export product for the Dominican Republic. In 2009, the country sold mangoes and derived products to the EU for an amount of about €5 million. However, the production season coincides with the summer months in the EU and the USA, when other varieties of fruit are also available. Yields have increased and local producers now have to face excessive levels of fresh mango produced, with more than 50% of post-harvest loss.
The association of promoters, producers and exporters of mangoes (PROMANGO) has therefore requested the CDE for assistance in examining the opportunities for value added/transformed mango.