NEW DELHI: After Australia and South Korea, Iran has become the latest market for Indian mango export. The Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) has readied four facilities for hot water treatment for shipment to Iran market and some consignments are expected to be sent to Iran on a test basis, senior officials of MSAMB said. Full exports are likely to commence from the next season, officials said. Australia and South Korea are some of the new markets that have opened up to Indian mangoes. India could not export mangoes to Australia until now due to tough phyto-sanitary conditions that require irradiation treatment and inspection prior to the shipment.
However, a delegation visited a radiation plant in Maharashtra last year and the Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions (Bicon) authority recently revised its protocol to allow Indian irradiated mango.
It has okayed irradiation facility centres at Vashi in Navi Mumbai and Krushak at Lasalgoan (near Nashik). Some 300 tonnes are expected to be exported to Australia this season. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has already issued a trade notice for the 2017 season, stating that Quarantine Inspectors have been deputed for USA, Republic of Korea and Japan in Nashik, Mumbai and Bengaluru.