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We provide high quality Ethiopia mangoes to the local and export market. We source the raw fresh Ethiopia mangos from family growers in the country.
Mango (mangifera indica) ranks as one of the leading fruit produce and exports from Ethiopia. The tree came by the way of south Asia, its original home, to the country then known as Abyssinia. The horn of Africa nation produces around five hundred thousand metric tons of the fruit every year. Much of this crop is consumed locally but the surplus undergoes export.
For a country with the second largest population in Africa, fruits like mango are staples through irrigation. The mango occupies the second largest cultivation area after banana, of 12.61 percent of the total fresh fruit farms’ acreage. The best mango comes from the riversides compared to the pond irrigation areas. The Blue Nile passes through Amhara area whose main city is Bahar Dar, a key producing area. For this reason, we source our mangos from the Lake Tana region which is the northwest of Addis Ababa.
Regions define the variety or branding of mango. For instance, Assosa mango comes from Western Ethiopia in the Assosa region. The main parts where we source our mangos is Oromia (west) where the East Africa Mango variety thrives on the riverbanks of river Dhidheessa. The historically important region of Tigray, with its powerful rulers when it was a separate part of southern Ethiopia, is also a key source of mangos away from the dominant Western Ethiopia production.
A single kilo of mangoes in the dry area of Asossa, Western Ethiopia costs 1.15 birr ($0.04), at the maximum. In Addis Ababa, the same kilogram will go for almost five times that figure, at 5 birr ($0.18). This can sometimes average between 7 and 12 birr when there is low supply. The supply chain also sees the markup of each fruit reach 8 percent of its original buying price from the farmer.
The main varieties grown in Ethiopia include Kent, a dark green cultivar that originated in Florida, US. Keitt, a beautifully oval fruit that is darkish green, with a yellowish flush on the skin also thrives in the country. Farmers also grow Tommy Atkins and the hardy Apple mangoes.
Mango harvesting in Ethiopia takes place in three procedures. Many family growers wait unit the fruit is completely ripe for local consumption. The second method is that of reaping only half-ripe fruits, usually firm to the clasp of the hand. These are usually for reseller markets within Addis Ababa and the overseas markets. The main wholesale market in Addis sells mostly Ethiopia mangoes from Assosa, Arbaminch, Harrar and Abadir sourcing areas. Their method of harvesting the super fruit is when it is just full-sized but unripe.
Family growers in the country handpick the fruits from the trees, a method that is in wide use as experts say it reduces the cuts and bruises of using cutlery. The picking workers usually pluck the fruit with the stalk still intact, to reduce tearing the fruit’s skin.
The value chain of mangoes in Ethiopia benefits from the production of fruit juices. Next to the orange and avocado, mango is the most popular puree and concentrate. It features in local, healthy soft drinks known as spris. The Ethiopia mango is a common diluting agent whose layer settles in a colorful yellowish orange over the greenish lime of avocado below it to form this healthy layered drink. Other end-products include sliced pieces in syrup, jam, concentrate, pickle and chutney.
The export of mangoes is both regional and international. Trucks full of the fruit cross the border towards the Red Sea into neighboring Djibouti, where mangos are in high demand.
With its ascorbic acid, Vitamin C, antioxidants and immunity bioactive compounds, like phenols, the mango is a healthy staple in the rural areas of the country. Because of the diverse agricultural ecological zones of the big country, mango is almost in season throughout the year. But the two main seasons for mango are September through November which is the Ethiopian spring, and April to June. This means food security for the poor communities along the Blue Nile and a source of income for exporters to Europe.
If you require a shipment of this key fruit, talk to us today and we will get in touch as soon as possible. As opposed the the fact that most fruits in Ethiopia are transported to the local markets by crude means like donkeys and salon cars, you can have our word that your shipment will be handled professionally right from the beginning to the end. Our prices are way competitive while our Ethiopia mangoes are high quality from only Global Good Agricultural Practice (GAP)-certified farming zones. We offer all varieties of Ethiopia mango and can export to any destination in the Middle-east and Europe.
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