Cut announced for Mexican mango season
Mexico's mango industry has announced the season will close a month early this year on May. 15, website Cambiodemichoacan.com.mx reported.
Mango Product System president Xavier Chávez Contreras, told the website there would be an anticipated fall of 16,000 metric tons (MT) for export.
Chávez Contreras added the season was also delayed a month so a shortage was likely, and this would substantially impact the U.S. market.
He said around one million cases per week were exported to the U.S., and cutting the season short a month would lead to about MXN64 million (US$4.8 million) in lost sales, the story reported.
The Rural Development Council said the main reason for the cutback was the devastation of 50% of plantations in Michoacan, due to unusual rains in the Tierra Caliente region earlier this year.
The council said the rain affected the flowering of mango plantations, leading to losses of around 40% with a value of MXN310 million (US$25.7 million).