MUMBAI: The Country will be completing a decade of export of the famed Alphonso mangoes to Japan this season, top officials of the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) said. The first consignment for the season has already left and more exports are expected as the season progresses, senior officials said. Japan is one of the toughest markets and India has managed to crack this market, Kishore Toshniwal, MD, MSAMB said recently. Last year, India exported around 50 tonnes of mangoes to Japan and this season, the figure is expected to rise to 150 tonnes, he said, adding that Japan has now become a steady market for the Country.
Mango exports from the Country this season are expected to rise by around 10-15% thanks for a good crop this season. Some 2,10,000 mango orchards have registered on MangoNet — a traceability system established by APEDA that has made it mandatory for exporters to pick mangoes for exports only from growers registered on MangoNet. Last year, the Country exported some 35,000 tonnes and this is expected to go up to around 45,000 tonnes this season. Maharashtra is the largest mango exporter in the Country and accounts for over 80% of the total exports.
The other new markets this season include South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Europe has been one of the most important markets for the Country and some 5,000 tonnes are expected to be exported to the Europe market.
Mauritius has already granted market access to Indian mangoes subject to phytosanitary certification, Switzerland has also lifted the ban on Indian mangoes. New markets have also opened up in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, North Korea and Australia.