Extension Workshops Scheduled in the Top Six Mango Importing Countries

The National Mango Board (NMB) is working to improve mango quality through eight Mango Extension Workshops scheduled in the top six mango importing countries. The NMB’s expert staff will present research and findings, as well as best practices from their Postharvest Best Management Practices Manual, available in English, Spanish and now in Portuguese.

The 2012 Extension Workshop schedule is as follows:
•    May 24 & 25, 2012 – Chiapas, Mexico
•    June 13, 2012 - Haiti
•    July 4 & 5, 2012 – Peru
•    July 19, 2012 – Brazil
•    August 9 & 10, 2012 - Colima, Mexico
•    August 30 & 31, 2012 - Ecuador
•    September 27 & 28, 2012 – Nayarit, Mexico
•    December 5, 2012 – Guatemala

In addition to the NMB staff, researchers from different universities, research institutions and consultants, such as University of Florida, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Universidad de Queretaro and Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones de Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP) de Mexico will present at the workshops and be available to answer questions.

The topics and presenters will differ depending on the need of the specific region. Presentations given by NMB staff and researchers will include:
•    Selected agricultural practices
•    Postharvest management practices
•    Hot-water treatment and hydro-cooling
•    Good agricultural practices (GAP) and good manufacturing practices (GMP)
•    Mango maturity
•    Irradiation in mangos
•    Consumer attitude and mango usage
•    Nutrition and health benefits of mangos

For more information on the Mango Extension Workshops and Postharvest Best Management Practices Manual, please visit the Industry section of www.mango.org.     

About National Mango Board
The National Mango Board is a national promotion and research organization, which is supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was designed to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. One cup of mango is only 100 calories, an excellent source of vitamins A and C, a good source of fiber and an amazing source of tropical flavor.

Mango availability per capita has increased 35% since 2005 to an estimated 2.53 pounds per year in 2011.  Mango import volume for 2011 was 810 million pounds.  Learn more at www.mango.org.

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