THE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF METHODOLOGIES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW MANGO PROCESSING ENTERPRISES IN THE CARIBBEAN

M.P. Imbert, J. Francis
It is estimated that 2 000 000 tonnes of mangoes are produced/harvested in the Caribbean countries annually. All islands produce mangoes, essentially local varieties for local consumption. Harvesting is mainly carried out from wild trees although cultivated orchards also occur, particularly in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. The lack of post-harvest handling facilities and technical expertise throughout the region is responsible for an annual fruit loss of approximately 50% in most Caribbean islands. The existing mango processing industry, comprising a few medium-scale plants and a large number of small-scale and cottage enterprises, has a great demand for raw material but limited capacity for innovation. The industry has only made marginal penetration into export markets for mango products.

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.

Imbert, M.P. and Francis, J. (1993). THE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF METHODOLOGIES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW MANGO PROCESSING ENTERPRISES IN THE CARIBBEAN. Acta Hortic. 341, 540-544
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.341.58
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.1993.341.58

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