A rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would increase the assessment on mangoes by ¼ cent per pound, bringing the assessment to ¾ cent per pound for first handlers and importers of 500,000 pounds or more annually.

There is a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments may be submitted online, by traditional mail or via fax. To read the proposed rule and details on how to comment, visit the USDA’s website.

The USDA will determine whether to go ahead with the assessment increase and when it will be effective after the comment period ends on July 11. The revenue from the assessment goes for promotion and research under the direction of the National Mango Board.

According to the board, mango availability per-capita has quadrupled since 1990 to an estimated 2.24 pounds a year in 2010. Mango imports for 2010 are estimated at 770 million pounds, according to the board. For additional details, visit the board’s website at www.mango.org.