A periodic review of the mango promotion order by the U.S. Department of Agriculture concludes there is a continued need for the order.
A report from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service said the agency asked for comments in June about the continued need for the order and other issues.
The USDA said its review of the program and comments received showed it benefitted the mango industry.
“Numerous benefits to the mango industry would likely not be achieved without the research and promotion collectively funded through the order,” the USDA said in the release. “The board continues to conduct useful research projects on various aspects of mango production, processing, and nutritional impacts,” the report said.
An economic impact study conducted in 2010 found that the majority of mangoes consumed in the U.S. are imported. The study reported that the value of U.S. mango imports grew from $169 million to $217 million from 2005 to 2009.
The mango promotion order began operations in November 2004, and is administered by the National Mango Board with oversight from the USDA. The program is financed by an assessment of three-quarters of a cent per pound on first handlers and importers of 500,000 pounds or more of mangoes annually.
The National Mango Board is composed of 18 members as follows: eight importers; two domestic producers; one first handler; and seven foreign producers. There are about 190 importers and five first handlers of mangoes subject to the order, according to the USDA.