Papaya industry meets to discuss formation of board



ATLANTA — Members of the international papaya industry met Oct. 23 during the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit convention, here, to discuss the formation of a national board.

Homero Levy de Barros, owner of HLB Specialties in Pompano Beach, FL, a major papaya grower-shipper-importer, is spearheading the initiative and invited William Watson, the former head of the National Mango Association and National Watermelon Promotion Board, to discuss the process of getting a board up and running.

Levy de Barros opened by thanking the more than 30 members from the main papaya-producing regions in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean for their attendance at the meeting, which he said “is about 17 years late.”

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