MADAGASCAR: lychee land
Madagascar is the number one exporter of lychees to Europe, delivering around 20 000 tonnes a year during the end-of-year holiday period. This figure is remarkable considering the extremely brief marketing season for this production region. The few weeks before the end-of-year holidays are a very intense period for Madagascan producers, who get caught up in a veritable 'lychee fever'!
The few days spent loading the ships that will depart from the port of Tamatave are crucial for exporters, who cannot afford to miss the season.
During the 2010-2011 season, 400 tonnes of lychees were shipped by air to Europe in early December (2010). This was followed by 12 600 tonnes of lychees delivered by ship between 17 and 21 December. 'Container' lychees, namely those carried by ships that also transport other goods and which often make several stopovers between Madagascar and Europe, reach Europe in January...View details of this action