INDIA. Delhi: In a bid to increase mango exports, The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in collaboration with the Indian embassy, Seoul, and Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ICCK), organised a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet (VBSM). Senior officials from APEDA, Embassy of India, ICCK, exporters from India, and importers from South Korea participated in the VBSM.
Mango in India is also referred to as ‘king of fruits’ and referred to as Kalpavriksha (wish-granting tree) in ancient scriptures. While most of the states in India have mango plantations, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka have a major share in the total production of the fruit.
Alphonso, Kesar, Totapuri, and Banganpalli are leading export varieties from India. Exports primarily take place in three forms: fresh mango, mango pulp, and mango slice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the export promotion programs were not possible to be organised physically. APEDA took a lead to organize Virtual BSM to provide a platform to the exporters and importers of the fruits from India and South Korea.
Earlier this month, for the first time in this season, India has shipped a consignment of 2.5 Metric Tonnes (MTs) of Geographical Indication (GI) certified Banganapalli & other variety Survarnarekha mangoes sourced from farmers in Krishna & Chittor districts of Andhra Pradesh to South Korea.
The mangoes exported to South Korea, were treated, cleaned & shipped from the APEDA assisted and registered packhouse & vapour heat treatment facility at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, and exported by IFFCO Kisan SEZ (IKSEZ).
This was the first export consignment sent by IKSEZ, which is a subsidiary of IFFCO, a multi-state cooperative. There is the possibility of more exports of mangoes to South Korea this season. IFFCO Kisan SEZ has an agreement with Meejaim, South Korea for supplying 66 MTs of mango this season. Andhra Pradesh’s horticulture department also collaborated in this endeavour.
Nearly 400 MTs of fresh fruits & vegetables has been exported to European Union and non-EU countries. In the current season, 30 MTs of mangoes have been exported to EU, UK Ireland, middle east countries, etc.