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Welcome to Haïti. Jean Maurice Buteau CEO of JMB S.A. History. According to certain philosophers and scientists the history on mangoes goes back 4000 years It is present in religious ceremonies of the Hindus dating way back.

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Welcome to Haïti

Jean Maurice Buteau


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  • According to certain philosophers and scientists the history on mangoes goes back 4000 years

    It is present in religious ceremonies of the Hindus dating way back.

  • Mangoes was introduce to the Americas by the Portuguese in the 1700’s

    According to Lewis Leonard and Pierre G. Sylvain

    < Traité de Cultures Fruitières.> Port –au-Prince 1931

  • Introduced in Haiti probably around 1782

  • Mangoes is the most well recognized fruit in Haiti and one of the most cultivated in the tropical regions of the world

  • Through the years mangoes found its place in basic diet of Haitians and during the season can be found in all the rural and urban markets.

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Situation Today

  • First country in the Caribbean region exporting mangoes to the US

  • USDA Pre Clearance program

  • Mangoes are harvested in all 9 departments of the country

  • It is estimated that about 150.000 families are involve directly or indirectly in the mango industry

  • An estimated 3 to 4 million boxes of mangoes are purchased directly from the small farmers

  • Bringing an estimated 150 to 200 Million Gourdes to the rural areas every season

  • We have 8 months of production. It is unique for such a small country

  • Traceability program in place, still needs improvement

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How did we get there?

  • It’s hard to determine precisely when the mango export started formally

  • Some believe it started informally to the Bahamas in the early 50’s

  • Hamilton Lee a retired executive from Standard Foods who decided to stay in Haiti is said to have started it

  • In the 60’s the export became more organized and the fruits were treated in the port of entry

  • In 1965 the first fumigation chamber was put in place and the phytosanitary inspection was done by an USDA officer in Haiti

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  • In the 70’s two other fumigation chambers were built and more people were getting involved

  • In 1978 ASDEM was created and put all of the shippers together and became the only export group

  • This did not last; by the 1980’s 6 more plants were built.

  • In 1986 USDA band the use of EDB (Ethyl dy Bromide) the exporters got together and develop with the help of the Ministry of Agriculture, and USDA the Hot Water treatment that is being used around the world today.

  • JMB was the first company in the world to ship Hot Water Treated Mangoes to the US.

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US Market Today more people were getting involved

  • The demand for mangoes in the US between 1995-1997 increased by 33%

  • Close to 30% of the population in the US now has consumed mangoes one way or an other

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What are the constraints more people were getting involved

  • Political situation

  • Absence of Government policy

  • No real support to the small farmers

  • No credit available to Agricultural sector

  • No real investments in commercial production

  • No research and development

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Infrastructures more people were getting involved

  • No adequate access roads to most production areas

  • During rainy season some production areas are completely isolated

  • No warehousing and storage facilities in rural areas

  • No post harvest centers

  • Inadequate and high local transport cost

  • No refrigeration capacities in the port or airport

  • Highest port charges in the region

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Comparative advantages more people were getting involved

  • Production is grown naturally in Haiti. Its micro climates are ideal for mango production

  • Over 140 varieties have been identified

  • The only country in the world exporting the Francis variety to the US market

  • Proximity to the US market

  • Pre Clearance USDA program

  • Longest production period in the region

  • Francis variety classified as one of the best mangoes in the world

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Challenges more people were getting involved

  • Convince the Haitian government that mango insdustry is a sound industry that can help alleviate poverty and have a great impact on the environment

  • Land issues (titling, security, zoning)

  • Support to small farmers

  • Encourage long term investment in production

  • Develop other local varieties for export

  • Develop other market (Caricom, European Community, Asia )

  • Develop other products (dry, frozen, puree, juices, etc.)

  • Attract foreign investment in the sector

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THANK YOU more people were getting involved Have a Mango Day