NEW DELHI: Mango varieties from Northern India gets a boost from the Government in promoting their exports heading for Iran later this year.
“When the mango season starts in March, varieties such as alphonso, badami and banganapalle hit the market and they get attractive rates and export opportunities. However, when mangoes from the Northern parts arrive by late June and July, there is no demand, which results in poor returns to farmers,” Agricultural and Processed Food and Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Chairman D.K. Singh said recently.
“So we have decided to promote these varieties (daseri, chausa, langda) globally and locally. If everything goes as per plan, mangoes from Malihabad (in Uttar Padesh) will set off to Iran this year,” Singh added. This follows the Food and Drug Administration Department of Iran accepting the Indian Embassy’s invitation to examine local mango varieties in Malihabad, the core area of mango production in North India. The promotion of these mangoes will also result in better prices in local markets as well, APEDA officials hoped.
After a decline in exports in 2015-16, there was a surge in 2016-17. As per APEDA data, India exported 45,563 tonnes of mangoes in 2016-17 (April-November) — a hike of 20 per cent over the 36,329 tonnes exported in 2015-16. However, exports from North India were found to be very low.
“At present, daseri from Uttar Pradesh is being exported but the quantity is less. Now, the demand for mangoes abroad, including the US, has seen a steady increase in the past few years. So we want to promote the late-arriving varieties as well,” APEDA Deputy General Manager Sudhanshu told IANS.