INDIA: To boost exports of fruits, particularly mangos from the eastern region, sixteen varieties of mangoes including three GI certified Khirsapati & Lakshmanbhog (West Bengal), Zardalu (Bihar) are being shipped to Bahrain commencing today.
The fruits have been sourced from farmers in Bengal and Bihar by The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) registered exporter, DM enterprises, Kolkata, and imported by Al Jazeera group, Bahrain.
APEDA has been initiating measures to boost mango exports from non-traditional regions and states. APEDA has been conducting virtual buyer-seller meet and festivals to promote the mango trade.
Recently in a bid to increase mangoes exports to South Korea, APEDA in collaboration with the Indian embassy, Seoul, and Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea, organised a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet. APEDA has recently organised a mango festival in Berlin, Germany.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the export promotion programs were not possible to be organized physically. APEDA took a lead to organize a virtual meet to provide a platform to the exporters and importers of mangoes from India and South Korea.
For the first time in this season, India has shipped a consignment of 2.5 Metric Tonne (MTs) of Geographical Indication (GI) certified Banganapalli & other variety Survarnarekha mangoes sourced from farmers in Krishna & Chittor districts of Andhra Pradesh
The mangoes exported to South Korea, were treated, cleaned & shipped from the APEDA assisted and registered packhouse & vapor heat treatment facility at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, and exported by IFFCO Kisan SEZ (IKSEZ).
Mango also referred to as King of Fruits in India and Kalpavriksha (wish-granting tree) in ancient scriptures grows majorly in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka. Alphonso, Kesar, Totapuri, and Banganpalli are leading export varieties from India. Mango exports primarily take place in three forms: fresh mango, mango pulp, and mango slice after being processed by the APEDA registered packhouse facilities.