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Jamaica to restart mango exports to UK

Staff Writer |
Back in 2014, Jamaica voluntarily suspended mango exports to the United Kingdom after there was a spike in pest contamination detections.

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However, it looks as if these exports will now resume, as according to a release from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, chief technical director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dermon Spence was quoted as saying that Jamaica would phase in mango exports to the UK by the end of the year.

The UK regulators commended Jamaica for the actions taken at the national level to improve the phytosanitary standards for mango exports.

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries minister, Karl Samuda attended the forum to observe firsthand the exchanges between the regulators and buyers on the UK fresh produce market.

Samuda noted that his ministry is moving towards global certification for access to additional markets in the UK.

“This is a necessary prerequisite to ensure that Jamaica can move from being considered a nation of samples to a nation of sustainable supply,” said Samuda.

The minister also assured the UK buyers and regulators that under his watch, Jamaica was committed to improving its fresh and processed exports to the UK.

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