In Burkina Faso, Africa, one company make the difference in Banfora’s mango growing area: Sanlé Sechage. This company, with a young professional management team at the helm aims to guarantee the production and quality of their mangoes and makes a huge contribution to the socio-economic development in the region at the same time. During the mango season from March to August, the company employs nearly 700 seasonal and permanent employees, mainly females. 228 employees are focused on processing and exporting fresh mangoes on a daily basis. The other employees are in charge of drying and exporting dried mangoes. For several years now, the company has been the regular supplier of organic mangoes for OTC Organics. This subtropical fruit is available in the Amélie variety and will alternate with the Kent variety in a few weeks.
The subtropical climate makes Banfora an ideal place for growing mangoes. The company grows the fruit mainly for the export of fresh mangoes. Only the best mangoes that meet all quality requirements and with the right taste, color and shape are selected for export. The mangoes that does not meet the strict market requirements, but are still delicious in taste, are processed into dried fruit, so that none of the production is lost, food waste is avoided and a source of income is generated. This means that only the best mangoes are exported to the Netherlands.
Mango processing facility
Together with OTC Organics, Sanlé Sechage has built an IFS and HACCP-certified processing facility which has a sorting line for fresh mangoes, a unit for the processing of dried fruit and a cooling chamber for almost 90 pallets. Also, we saw the need to improve infrastructure and invest in specific knowledge. Along with the growers, we continuously work on process improvements: from cultivation to sorting and from harvesting methods to conditioning. We expect to increase our export volumes in the next few years and to continue to invest in the group of growers with the aim of growing together.
Sanlé is involved with all local supply chain partners. They work only with fixed partners, some of which have been around for 2 decades now. They regularly visit and check their growers and support them when needed through knowledge transfer. The tight cooperation and the appropriate guidance has resulted in 60 GLOBALG.A.P. certified growers, producing solely organic and holding an EU- and Bio Suisse certificate for organic farming. All growers have Fairtrade and GRASP certifications. Since this year they also possess an FSSC 22000 and Kosher certificate.
For more information on organic mangoes please contact our sales team: firstname.lastname@example.org / T .: +31 (0) 885 880 400.