The Agriculture Ministry will be exporting its first shipment of mangoes to the United States today (June 13, 2019).
The exports fall under the Mango Irradiation Programme.
Under the programme, farmers will use radiation to prevent the mangoes from getting spoiled.
The initiative is to facilitate safe market access of Jamaican mangoes as a new commodity in the US market.
The Agriculture Ministry says the exports will start to satisfy the demand for the fruit from an estimated 3-million people in the Caribbean Diaspora.
The Ministry hopes to increase the production of mangoes by establishing mango orchards in St. James, St. Thomas and St. Catherine amongst others.
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