By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – In an ambitious move to support local grown cash crops and fruits, Dynamic International Airways is looking to get into the export of local produce to the New York Market.
This was revealed by Dynamic’s Chief Operations Officer (COO), John Mullins and local handler, Captain Gerry Gouveia at a press conference on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.
Gouveia disclosed that the company has already begun engaging the Government and local producers to ensure that everything is up to scratch as it relates to the export of the goods.
The local handler for Dynamic International said that the company is strongly encouraged by the reception and the opportunities that exist in the sector.
“Dynamic is looking to find a mechanism to flood the New York market with Guyanese fresh produce. Everyday there is ten tons of cargo space and dynamic intends to fill that cargo space with fresh fruits and vegetables,” Gouveia stated.
He said that already systems have been put in place to ensure the necessary requirements are met by the local producers and it is a hassle free process to getting the produce into the US market.
“What it means is that we will have people working with Dynamic that will have to meet phytosanitary systems and regulations of the US market.”
According to the New Guyana Marketing Corporation (NGMC), market potential exists for citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and limes, as well as exotic fruits such as mangoes, sapodillas, papayas, pineapples and passion fruit.
However, exporters must be able to establish modern post-harvest handling and quality systems to prevent spoilage in transit and must meet international phytosanitary controls.
Additionally, opportunities exist for a range of vegetables such as cucumber, pumpkins, watermelon, melon, saeme, bora, and callalloo within the Caribbean and North American markets.