Mango exports may hit 50,000 tonne this season; South Korea, Malaysia among new markets

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With a good harvest expected this season, the country’s mango exports is expected to cross 50,000 tonnes. Last season, India exported some 40,000 tonnes.

Mango exports to US have taken off in a big way with more than 1,000 tonnes expected to be exported this year, senior officials of the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB) said to the Financial Express. Last year, India had exported some 635 tonnes to the US. Europe accounts for a large portion of mango imports from India and volume of 5,500 tonnes is expected to be sold in these markets.

Inspectors from various countries are expected to arrive to check the facilities established by the Board for irradiation, hot water treatment and vapour treatment and exports are expected to take off soon. Meetings have also been held with the officials of Plant Quarantine Department to ensure there are no glitches.

Around 44 export facilitation units have been established across the country for exports. This season, South Korean and Malaysian markets are among the new markets tapped by mango growers. For Malaysia, irradiation is required while Japan, South Korea and Mauritius seek mangoes that have gone through vapour heat treatment. Nearly 800 tonnes are expected to be exported to Malaysia.

Maharashtra is the largest mango exporting state in the country and accounts for over 80 per cent of the total exports. For Europe, the produce has to go through hot-water treatment. For South Korea, pest risk analysis is mandatory. Mauritius has already granted market access to Indian mangoes subject to phytosanitary certification.

MSAMB has established facilities for irradiation, hot water treatment, vapour heat treatment for export to various markets. In Maharashtra, Alphanso, better known as Hapus , starts arriving in the markets of Mumbai and Pune by the end of February. Arrivals pick up by mid-March and the season usually ends by May.

Europe has been one of the most important markets for the country and some 5,000 tonnes were exported to the European market last season. Switzerland has also lifted the ban on Indian mangoes. New markets have also opened up in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, besides South Korea, North Korea and Australia

Last year, the Indian mangoes were exported to Australia and Japan in addition to traditional markets. Exports had touched 49,180.46 tonnes, a dip of 13.82 per cent from the export figures of 2016-17. Unseasonal rain had caused havoc during the crucial flowering stage, which had reduced the crop by almost 25-30 per cent.

This season, flowering has occurred three times which means that a good crop can be expected. In Devgad district alone, the harvest is about 40,000 tonnes.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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