THE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF METHODOLOGIES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW MANGO PROCESSING ENTERPRISES IN THE CARIBBEAN
The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) of Trinidad and Tobago and the Research and Productivity Council (RPC) of New Brunswick, Canada are collaborating in a three year project to identify and develop new fruit processing enterprises in poor communities in Trinidad in order to promote utilisation of mangoes and the generation of employment and incomes in these communities.
In its first year of activities, islandwide surveys based on detailed questionnaires were made of mango producers and processors in Trinidad and Tobago. The results of these surveys led to the compilation of mango distribution maps and a data base of mango processing activities. Successful brining systems were developed for a number of mango varieties commonly used in local mango processing which is normally confined to the harvest season of May to September. The brined mangoes have a shelf-life of at least six months and products processed from the brined material compare very favourably with similar products produced from fresh material. Local entrepreneurs associated with the project have significantly extended their activities by using these bringing systems which are also being introduced at the cottage industry level.