PUNE: With a good mango crop expected this season, Alphonso exports from Maharashtra are expected to increase by 15% this year, top officials of the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) have said. The first consignment of about 12,000 kg of alphonsoes have left for Italian shores and more exports are expected as the season progresses. South Africa is another new market that is being explored and a delegation was in India around 15 days ago to explore possible opportunities. Exports to this new market are likely to commence from next season, top officials said.
According to Sunil Pawar, MD, MSAMB, “Last year some 52,000 tonne mangoes were exported to various countries and as a good season is expected this year, a 15% rise is expected in mango export. This year, the total production is expected to touch about 4 lakh tonne. Export to the US is expected to begin from April 1 and export to Australia is expected to commence from March 15. Japan and Korea are other markets where Indian alphonsoes are popular.”
Europe has been one of the most important markets for the Country and some 5,000 tonne were exported to the to the region last season. APEDA has already issued advisories for registration of mango orchards under MangoNet. US, China, NZ, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius are seeking list of registered orchards maintained by APEDA.