One of Haiti’s best product in the forefront of an international festival. With more than 300 types of mangoes, Haiti is ready to share on of its best treasure with the world. The 26th Annual International Mango & Tropical Fruit Festival will be held on Saturday, July 14 – Sunday, July 15 from 9 am to 4pm at the Fair Child Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. The theme of the year is “Celebrating Haiti through the diversity of mangoes”. The event will bring together experts and operators of the mango industry, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Haitian Foundation for Agriculture and the revival of the economy. “It is time to give Haitian mango its place locally and internationally,” said Ena Ménager Derenoncourt, CEO of F. and L. Societé d’Exportation des Fruits et Legumes. She hopes that through the various activities of the festival, tasting, conferences, cooking classes and sale of seedlings, Haitian mango will be taken to its true value”.
Agronomist Ena Ménager Derenoncourt will be a speaker at the event to share key elements of research on mangoes in recent years and its importance in Haiti’s food and economy. The presentation of Ena Ménager Derenoncourt will include extremely important information for the sector obtained in a catalog, financed by FHARE, to “categorize some mangoes according to universal characteristics that may lead perhaps to the diversification of exported mangoes from Haiti”.
Throughout the festival, Haiti’s mangoes, its products, its craftsmanship and culture will be honored to represent the country as authentically as possible. This festival is a beautiful showcase for Haiti with more than 300 varieties of typical mangoes, some with national coverage and others adapted to a specific microclimate. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a 34-hectare botanical garden in Coral Gables, Florida, was created to help explore, understand and conserve the world of tropical plants. This botanical garden is one of the leading conservation and education gardens in the world.
The celebration of Haiti at this festival is the result of ten years of lobbying revealed in a statement. Ena Ménager Derenoncourt, during this festival, hopes that there will be exchanges and sharing experiences on the mango sector and its needs. Despite global warming, it is not forbidden to expect an increase in production, she told the newspaper.
Haitian mangoes’ history goes back to the triangular trade linked to slavery. Commodities were exchanged from one country to another to meet the needs of people involved but also to deal with the scarcity of various products consumed. Due to temperatures in Haiti fluctuating from a very warm and then a temperate climate, the mango has mutated and more than 200 different varieties are counted on the Haitian territory today. The results of adaptation tests realized on varieties recently introduced demonstrate that the Haitian mango is continuously evolving especially with varieties such as “Kesar” in Plateau Central – Industrial Plantation and “Zilat” in the South. The data collected through the research carried out over the last twenty years show the phenotypic and organoleptic characteristics of Haitian mangoes, their availability and the colonization of new production areas. The mango industry is currently one of the most profitable in the Haitian territory.
Mango is the third most exported product to the United States. This export generates about 15 million US dollars a year. Mango, on the Haitian market, creates over 300,000 jobs each year over a four-month period. More than 2.5million cases are exported each year most of which are the Francique Mango. Most of which are through the Whole Trade Haitian Mango program with Whole Food’s. The clean food giant launched the program since May 2011. Mango is the agricultural product that has generated a significant foreign exchange inflow for the country.
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