New Delhi: India is likely to export about 400 tonnes of mangoes to Japan in the current season, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
“It is expected that approximately 300-400 tonnes of mangoes would be exported to Japan in the current season,” Minister of State for Agriculture Kanti Lal Bhuria informed the media.
The minister also informed the House that in case of Japan, six varieties of mangoes have been approved by the Quarantine Authority of Japan. These are Alphonso and Kesar (grown in Maharashtra and Gujarat), Banganpalli (grown in Andhra Pradesh), Langra, Chausa and Mallika (grown in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
He also said that on 26April, a small symbolic consignment of about 600 kilos of Alphonso and Kesari mangoes headed out of India for the US in a first export after a gap 18 years.
India will initially export Alphonso, Banganpalli and Kesar, the early maturing mango varieties. Other varieties such as Langra, Chausa, Mallika and Dussheri are proposed for exports in the latter part of the mango season.
Opening of the US market for the Indian mango spells an excellent business opportunity for Indian mango producers and it is now for the Indian entrepreneurs, mango growers and trade associations to realize the fruits of the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture.