July 28th, 2014
Mango growers from the Brazilian areas of Monte Alto and Taquaritinga in the state of Sao Paulo are upbeat for the 2014-15 season, with expectations the crop will be higher year-on-year.
A recent report from São Paulo University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Applied Economics (CEPEA) says an El Niño phenomenon will likely work in mango growers’ favor with a delay in rains for the country’s southeast during the second half.
CEPEA says there were already some crops flowering in June thanks to the lower temperatures, with the first Tommy Atkins variety harvests to start in late October, followed by the Palmer variety in November.
The report says these are the two main varieties exported during the second half to the markets of the U.S. and Europe.
However, CEPEA highlights the El Niño phenomenon has also been registered in Peru where it has caused negative impacts on local flowering; the reverse of Brazil’s situation.
For this reason, the authors expect a lower volume from Peru year-on-year, which could favor the Brazilian mango sector.