What was the market situation?
The market for mangoes is dynamically growing and
consumer trends are expected to boost the demand for
fresh, high-quality mangoes even more in years to
come. Dominican Tropical Fruits, Bayer’s partner in this
Food Chain Partnership, is one of the country’s leading
producers and exporters of mangoes to the EU and the
USA. A Food Chain Partnership between Dominican
Tropical Fruits and Bayer was signed at Fruit Logistica in
Berlin in February 2017.
left: Manuel Suazo, Bayer; right: Guillermo Contreras, Dot Fruits
What was the solution?
Bayer presented its high-quality, low-environmental-impact
portfolio to Dominican Tropical Fruits and supplemented
this with the offer of training and demonstration plots. Bayer
also provided ongoing G.A.P. and GMP support to maintain
existing certifications and improve the post-harvest loss situation.
Originally, the fruit Dominican Tropical Fruits exported
was purchased from independent growers. Now, 85 %
of the exports are from the company’s own production.
This change and the support Bayer has provided have
enabled decisive improvements to be made in a broad
range of agronomic aspects, such as irrigation systems,
application programs, fertilization by irrigation, more plants
per hectare, and improved post-harvest processes through
automation in the packing plants. What’s more, certification
was achieved for all the farms and plants, which also contributed
to improving all the processes.