Guatemalan mango producers will see drop of as much as 25% in production compared to last year due to the effects of the weather phenomenon known as El Niño. A lack of rain last year is said to have had a negative impact on the mango trees, inhibiting the flowering process.
Eddy Martinez, president of the Association of Mango Producers, warned that the situation is one that will likely occur again and that growers need to take corrective measures to prevent more shortfalls in the future. “As producers and exporters, we need to take corrective action. One measure is to have irrigation systems in 100% of our orchards. It is inevitable,” he said.
Volume has been down close to 25% throughout Latin America recently. In the week ending 19 March, nearly 1.4 million boxes were shipped compared to the previous year, when 1.9 million boxes were exported.
On the other hand, in Panama—where we’ve recommended agro-buyers look to investing in mango, lime, and other plantations—growers have profited from the impact of El Niño. The extended drought conditions were alleviated by strategic use of water resources and irrigation, while the lack of humidity helped to prevent the growth fungi and other parasitic organisms.