MELBOURNE: India may export mangoes that meet biosecurity standards to Australia for the first time following revision of protocols to allow them in the Australian economy.
Robert Gray from Australian Mango Industry Association, said the Indian mangoes would be for sale outside of the Australian mango season.
"Our position is that, as part of the global trade, if we want access to other countries around the world [to export Australian mangoes], then providing the protocol is safe and not bringing in any pests or diseases, then we're supportive of other countries having access into our market," he said.
Mexico, the Philippines and Pakistan have previously exported mangoes to Australia over the years.
"[India will be] targeting affluent markets, markets where they can place small quantities of very high-value product," Gray said. The Indian mango season runs from March until the end of July.
Indian mango exports are likely to surpass last year's level and touch 50,000 tonnes mark in the ongoing fiscal, buoyed by strong demand and supply of export quality fruit, India's Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) had earlier said.