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Irradiation of mangoes for US export to restart at Lasalgaon.

Jan 20, 2022

After a gap of two years, mangoes will again be exportered to the United States from Lasalgaon’s irradiation plant this year.Mango export to the US from the irradiation plant could not take place over the past two years due to the pandemic. The plant, owned by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and currently operated by a private firm, is now gearing up to start processing mangoes for export again from April.
As per the norms, irradiation of mangoes is mandatory before exporting them to the US. The irradiation process is conducted under the supervision of quarantine inspectors from the US.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had imposed restrictions on international travel for the past two years. As a result, quarantine inspectors could not visit India, and mango export could not take place.
However, USDA recently approved market access for Indian mangoes.Officials from an agency involved in the operation of the irradiation facility at Lasalgaon said, 'There were certain restrictions for the past two years, and the mangoes could not be exported to the US after the 2019 season. It will restart after two years.'
'We are expecting the quarantine inspectors from the US to reach India by March-end, and the processing of mangoes at the irradiation plant will begin in the first week of April if everything works out as planned,' said the officials at the Lasalgaon plant. 'We have set a target of irradiating about 600 tonne of mangoes that will be exported to the US this season,' they added.
There are two irradiation centres in Maharashtra — Vashi in Mumbai and Lasalgaon in Nashik district, — where the irradiation process on mangoes is done.
While the Vashi plant is owned by the Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board (MSAMB), the Lasalgaon plant is owned by BARC.
In 2019, the country had exported 1,300 metric tonne of mangoes, which were irradiated at Lasalgaon and Mumbai plants.
While Lasalgaon had processed 680 tonne of mangoes, the Vashi plant had processed 620 tonne of mangoes in the 2019 mango season.
Source: timesofindia

Dong Thap seeks to tap Indian investment, technology in agriculture.

Dec 17, 2021

The Indian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and Dong Thap province organised an online meeting to promote trade in the agricultural sector.
The ‘Virtual meet on Trade and Investment promotion between India and Dong Thap Province in Agriculture’ on December 15 saw Doan Tan Buu, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, saying trade with India had grown steadily in the first nine months of this year to reach 5.96 million USD.
Dong Thap province is ready to tie up with Indian investors and businesses for organic and sustainable food processing and wants to invite them to invest in farming mango, its main fruit, he said.
Indian Consul General Madan Mohan Sethi said Indian companies want to explore business and investment interests with entrepreneurs of Dong Thap.
He wants to have more interactions between states in India and provinces in Vietnam.
On the occasion, the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (INCHAM) and Dong Thap Trade, Tourism and Investment Promotion Centre signed an MoU to step up trade and investment cooperation between the two sides and increase communication and exchanges of delegations.
The meeting was attended by 70 Indian and Vietnamese officials and executives from the agricultural commodities and food processing sectors.
Thirty companies from India and Vietnam joined a B2B session to discuss potential trade opportunities in the agricultural sector.
Source: vietnamplus

Kollapur mango's wait for geo tagging to end.

Dec 07, 2021

The long wait for Kollapur mango to get global recognition is soon to be realised as the central government has directed the Telangana Agriculture University to submit the details of the unique variety of mangoes being produced in the Kollapur region of Nagarkurnool district.
The Benishan variety of mangoes produced in Kollapur and the surrounding region of Nagarkurnool district are famous for their taste, quality and size. They have been waiting for long for the global recognition, which will end soon as the authorities of Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) have directed the officials of Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University to submit a report on the variety.
According to locals, the Kollapur region is famous for mangoes since the era of samsthanas, when the local kings during the past two to three centuries established the mango plantations in a big way. Continuing this trend, the mango cultivation has gradually increased in the region and today more than 13,000 acres of land is under the mango plantation in Kollapur constituency itself, while another 6,000 acres of mango plantation are being taken up by the farmers in the regions of Wanaparthy district adjoining the Krishna river basin.
'Mango plantation has been for long in the Kollapur region. Ever since the kingly samstanas of Surabhiraja's reign, thousands of acres of land were brought under mango plantation. The unique breed of mango which was first brought from Nuvijuveedu of Andhra region is being widely cultivated. The region is endowed with right soil, temperature and water facility for the flourishing of this variety. 'Once the Kollapur mango gets its brand recognised globally, the farmers can increase exports of their good quality mango to the global markets and can earn good returns,' said Narasimha Nayak, a farmer from Korlakunta village in Pentlavelly mandal in Kollapur constituency.
Following the directives of ICAR, the local authorities including the officials of horticulture department from Nagarkurnool along with officials from PJTSAU visited the local villages and interacted with the farmers. The officials recorded the details about the unique variety of the Kollapur mango and would soon submit to the ICAR for getting geo tagging.
Many of the mango farmers are being exploited by the middle men. 'Even today we do not have a good marketing facility. Last year, we exported 400 tonnes of mangos from this region privately; this year we are expecting more yield because of good availability of water source and favourable climate. We want the government to provide a marketing place so that the mango farmers can unite together and get good price for their produce,' observed Gopla, another mango farmer from Singotam.
Source: thehansindia

Concor opens cold-store facility for bananas, mangoes

Mar 26, 2015

banana and apple cold storage centre with ripening facility in Azadpur Mandi (wholesale market), having a handling capacity 60 tonne a day.

Anil Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director, Concor, said this in a conference here on Tuesday. The facility is can be used throughout the year barring January and February, and the facility is expected to be profitable.

Specifically, the facility has fruit ripening chambers, cold storage chambers and banana washing tanks. The facility can be used by farmers, traders and retailers.

This is the first time that Concor is getting into handling banana and apple, shared AlliRani, Director-Finance, Concor. This perishable cargo centre, located near a railhead, is Concor’s venture, shared Yashpal, Director-export-import, Concor.

Concor’s subsidiary – Fresh and Healthy Enterprises Ltd – handles apples, kinnow and grapes in Himachal Pradesh. Launching the facility, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, but a lot of cargo gets damaged due to lack of handling facilities.

Source: Business Line

List of Agreements/MoUs signed between India and Mauritius during the visit of the Prime Minister to Mauritius

Mar 12, 2015






Signatory from India

Signatory from Mauritius


Memorandum of Understanding between India and Republic of Mauritius in the field of Ocean Economy

This MoU will provide an extensive framework for cooperation in the field of Ocean Economy, a novel and critical area of sustainable development in the Indian Ocean Region. It provides for mutually beneficial cooperation for exploration and capacity development in the field of marine resources, fisheries, green tourism, research and development of ocean technology, exchange of experts and other related activities

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to the Cabinet



Programme for Cultural Cooperation between the Republic of India and the Republic of Mauritius for the year 2015-18

India and Mauritius share unique bonds based on our shared cultural heritage and traditions. This programme will provide for enhanced bilateral cooperation in this field for the term 2015-2018. The programme, inter alia, envisages exchange of cultural troupes, training in fine arts, organization of cultural exhibitions, preservation of cultural heritage, promotion of Indian languages, exchange of students, etc. This programme will also enhance greater people-to-people participation between the two countries

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to the Cabinet


Protocol between the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture of Republic of India and the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security of Republic of Mauritius for the importation of fresh mango from India

The aim of this Protocol is to facilitate importation of fresh mango fruits from India by Mauritius so that our Mauritian brethren can also relish the flavor of the world-renowned Indian mangoes.

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to the Cabinet


Memorandum of Understanding for the Improvement in Sea and Air Transportation Facilities at Agalega Island of Mauritius

This MoU provides for setting up and upgradation of infrastructure for improving sea and air connectivity at the Outer Island of Mauritius which will go a long way in ameliorating the condition of the inhabitants of this remote Island. These facilities will enhance the capabilities of the Mauritian Defence Forces in safeguarding their interests in the Outer Island.

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to the Cabinet


MoU on Cooperation in the field of Traditional System of Medicine and Homeopathy

This MoU will promote cooperation in the field of traditional system of health and medicine between the two countries which already share these traditions due to our unique historical and cultural ties. It envisages exchange of experts, supply of traditional medicinal substances, joint research and development and recognition of the traditional systems of health and medicine in both countries. It also aims at promotion and popularization of the various Indian traditional systems which fall under AYUSH.

Mr. Navtej Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Sateeaved Seebaluck, Secretary to the Cabinet


Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

Karnataka: State to start export of mangoes

Feb 17, 2015

The government is getting ready to start the export of mangoes from the State to the West. Currently, not one mango from the State lands up in supermarket shelves outside the country.

Recognising the potential of export of the king of fruits — whose production had touched eight lakh tonnes last year — the Karnataka Agriculture Business Development Corporation had concluded a series of workshops elaborating on the cultivation techniques needed for “international quality”.

In the preceding years, the nearest irradiation centre — a preservation treatment to remove pests — was in Maharashtra. This year onwards, farmers in the State have access to a food park in Malur where the facility has been developed.

Additional Director (Fruits and Flowers) M. Parashiva Murthy said nearly 150 farmers have been chosen, while discussions had started with around 10 exporters.

However, the State may have to wait to resume exports to European Union, which had recently expressed willingness to lift the ban on import of mangoes from India. “The Centre has told us to be careful when exporting to Europe. As this is the first time, we do not want a problematic consignment from here that may lead to another ban,” said Mr. Murthy.

Though believing exports may lift the flagging industry, K. Srinivas Gowda, who is on the committee to explore exports from the State, said, “The number chosen from export is negligible compared to the number of mango growers. This is a start, but has to pick up to impact the industry here.”

Source: The Hindu

Alphonso mangoes may sail to South Korean shores

Feb 13, 2015

Maharashtra's sweet delicacy — Alphonso mangoes — would go to a new destination this year. The Union government is in talks with South Korea to start export of the Alphonso and other varieties of Indian mangoes this season.

The government is also exploring markets for Indian mangoes in some other "hassle-less" countries. The move comes in the backdrop of the delay in the European Union (EU) notifying about lifting the ban on mangoes from India which was imposed in 2014. The informal announcement of lifting the ban was made by the EU three weeks back.

JP Singh, joint director (Entomolgy), ministry of agriculture, told dna: "As the EU notification is still awaited, we are in talks with the South Korean government; and hopefully, things would be finalised within a month. We are also looking at some other hassle-less countries for our mangoes."

The season of Alphonso and some other varieties produced in coastal and southern areas starts by March.

The EU had imposed the ban on May 1 last year, after its trade authorities in Brussels found 207 consignments of Indian fruits and vegetables to be infested with fruit flies — pests that are native to Indian soil but that could infest and damage European crops.

The ban was supposed to last until December 2015, but various agencies under the government of India have been working hard to meet the EU's import requirements and have the ban revoked much earlier. The Indian government has pledged that all food exports would be sent from APEDA-recognised pack houses.

After nearly nine months of persistent persuasion by India, the EU finally lifted its ban on the import of Indian mangoes on January 20. The central government pushed the EU to send an inspection team to audit Indian packing houses in September 2014 following which the ban was lifted. However, a notification in this regard is yet to come.

India exports nearly 4,000 tonnes of mangoes every year. Of this, 60% goes to West Asia. US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are also significant importers. The export to EU is estimated to have a share of over 10%. The government thinks this can easily be filled by South Korea.

India Inc backs FSA
Backing the food security law in the country, the All India Association of Indian Industries has extended its cooperation to the Union government in implementing the Food Security Act (FSA) not only across the country but also across ASEAN countries. Only five states in India have implemented FSA, passed in 2013. A national-level conference in this regard was organised at World Trade Centre on Thursday, which was attended by the top officials from the ministries of external affairs and agriculture, the consul generals of 10 ASEAN countries. AIAI president Vijay Kalantri said, "Some parts of India is food surplus and some are food deficit. Food security aims to bridge this gap so as no person goes hungry. Similarly, India has to work closely with ASEAN countries, many of which are facing same regional surplus-deficit issue."

Source: DNA India

Alphonso mango ban: EU regulator to take stock of food quality

Aug 14, 2014

Officials of the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the European Union (EU) are slated to visit India during the first week of September. Their first stop would be Mumbai, where they are set to review the phytosanitary measures put in place by India for fruits and vegetables.

The visit comes in the wake of the import ban imposed by the EU in the last week of March on alphonso mangoes, brinjal, bitter gourd, snake gourd and taro from India, with effect from May 1. During the visit, India will pitch for lifting of the ban which, exporters claim, has dented the country’s image globally.

The ban was imposed citing significant shortcomings in the phytosanitary certification system, after 207 consignments of fruits and vegetables from India were found to be contaminated by pests, including fruit flies.

“The FVO officials will first go to Mumbai and then to Gujarat. They will review the system put in place by Apeda to see if the ban can be lifted this year itself. India has strongly told them that the phytosanitary certification is being done only through Apeda-approved packhouses,” an official said.

Alphonso mangoes account for 50 per cent of the total mango export. In 2013-14, India exported 3,933 tonnes worth Rs 5,022 lakh of mangoes, while it exported 3,890 tonnes worth Rs 3,559 lakh in 2012-13.

Even before the ban, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda), in a notification on March 14, had asked all exporters to route shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables through APEDA-approved pack houses, where it would be monitored by plant quarantine personnel. The notification was effective from April 1 but, the source said, even before monitoring the effectiveness of the new system, the EU banned five items from India.

The Apeda, following the ban, told the EU about the new system and also informed it about the interim arrangement, wherein an exclusive area for inspection and certification work “has been established at the Mumbai airport from where major export to the EU countries takes place”.

As per an audit report by the FVO last year, India did take note of quality concerns raised in its export of plant and plant products, and had informed the intergovernmental body last August about the new quality control mechanism to be effective from April 1.

Source: The Financial Express

EU banned Alphonso before testing new quality regime

May 16, 2014

An audit report by the Food and Vertinary Office, an agency of the European Union, has shown that India did take note of quality concerns raised in its export of plant and plant products, and had informed the intergovernmental body last August about the new quality control mechanism to be effective from April 1.
The EU has banned the export of Alphonso mangoes and four vegetables — eggplant, taro plant (colocasia), bitter gourd and snake gourd — from India on grounds that it did not adhere to repeated warnings on quality control.
In its reply to the Food and Vertinary Office (FVO)  audit conducted in April, the Indian authorities had submitted an action plan on August 23, 2013, according to the report placed on the website of the EU.
In that reply, Indian authorities said, “The system of official checks has been reviewed and it has been decided to devise a new system of export inspection and certification at the pack house where adequate facilities for inspection, examination/testing, etc. will be available and the produce will be packed under the supervision of plant quarantine official. This system will be put in practice effective April 1, 2014.”
India had also told the EU that as an interim arrangement, an exclusive area for inspection and certification work “has been established at the Mumbai airport from where major export to EU countries takes place”.
The EU, in the last week of March, decided to ban imports citing “significant shortcomings in the phytosanitary certification system”, days before the new system was scheduled to roll out. The decision of the EU’s standing committee on plant health came after 207 consignments of fruits and vegetables from India were found to be contaminated by pests, including fruit flies.
An official told The Indian Express that the EU, despite being aware of the proposal, chose not to wait to see the effectiveness of the new quality control mechanism.
The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority  in a notification on March 14, had asked all exporters to route shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables through APEDA-approved pack houses, where it would be monitored by plant quarantine personnel.
The National Plant Protection Organisation had assured the FVO mission during its visit to India in November 2011 and last April, of pest-free exports from April 1 this year.

Mangoes take on new shapes to raise sales

Apr 02, 2014

There's one question every restaurateur is fielding right now: When will you start serving your mango delicacies. With summer setting in, it's time to relish the king of fruits.

From authentic delicacies by Gujarati restaurant chains to mango martinis in continental restaurants and even mango-flavoured donuts, the mango is taking on new shapes to please the Indian palate and raise sales margins for businesses.

"We were supposed to start our mango festival on Tuesday but there was a delay in processing the pulp, so we'll start in a couple of days. So many customers have called asking for mango dishes," said Aji Nair, vice-president, Mirah Hospitality, which runs Khandani Rajdhani, the vegetarian thali restaurant chain.The chain sells around 3.78 lakh thalis every month across 30 outlets in India. "During April and May, we hope to raise it to 4.2 lakh," Nair said.

That increase of around 11% is expected because of the inclusion of sweet and sour mango delicacies in the platter. "We have created 10 new mango-based vegetable preparations and 10 new sweets, including mango pulao and mango dal dhokli (Gujarati dal)," he said.

Donut chain Mad Over Donuts has introduced three mango-flavoured donuts. "We have been selling mango-flavoured donuts for four years and the Super Mango Donut with a slice of the fruit is a best seller in the category," said Tarak Bhattacharya, COO, Mad Over Donuts. Nearly 20% of the chain's sales in April and May come from mango-flavoured treats and this year would be no exception, he said.

Sales at many food outlets peak during November-December with the onset of the festive season. This is followed by a dip in February during examinations, and summer is time for fun again.

"Footfalls are lower in summer because of vacations but events like mango festivals and promotions compensate for the loss. Diners are adventurous and are on the lookout for new food options," said Nityanand Shetty, director, Pebbles, a fine dining restaurant chain in Mumbai and Bangalore. The restaurant has introduced a mango-based kebab in its starters and mango murgh Rajasthani in its main course this year. "Mango-based food and drink items are one of the top 10 items in terms of sales during April and May," Shetty said.

Even ecommerce sites aren't far behind. Mumbai-based online retailer LocalBanya is promising to deliver organic mangoes later this month and has already started taking orders. "We will be selling kesar, Alphonso and vanraj varieties. Mangoes are likely to be the top-selling item in our fruit and vegetable category with one-fourth of the sale coming from this fruit alone," Rashi Choudhary, chief operating officer and co-founder, LocalBanya, said.

While prices of mangoes have shot up by 22% compared to last year, food chains and retailers remain nonplussed. "The season has just commenced and prices will stabilize soon. While premium varieties are selling at Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,200 for a dozen in retail outlets in Mumbai, this will come down to Rs 250 to Rs 300 for a dozen as more produce fills the shelves," Choudhary said.

Source: timesofindia

Bumper mango crop on the cards

Mar 26, 2014

March heat may have left people complaining but to mango growers it's a reason to rejoice. The ample flowering of mango trees in their orchards filled them with a hope of brisk business this time. To people in Lucknow, it means, more mangoes at lesser price!

Given the friendly weather, UP mango growers are hopeful of bumper crop this season. "If we do not face recurrent weather disturbances, there's going to be a good crop," said president of mango growers' association Insram Ali.

The flowering, under ideal conditions, starts by March, and, this year, mango crop has kept its date. In case of prolonged winters or erratic rain, however, flowering could get delayed. Change in weather, like that witnessed on Monday, can destroy flowers, if it recurs.

Hot and dry weather is must for ripening of mangoes. Though mango growers agree that weather can always damage the crop, ample flowering of trees shows there will be a good crop in Maal-Malihabad mango belt of the state.

Last year, 5 lakh metric tonnes of mango was produced in the belt. This year, production might be even higher.

"If all goes well on weather front, fruit would start ripening and by May-end mangoes will hit the market," said farmer Surendra Kumar Rawat from Kasmandi Kalan village of Malihabad.

Though crop was good last year, production was hit hard due to late flowering and fruiting given the weather swings.

Malihabad-Kakori-Maal belt, which produces famous Dussehri and has about 30 to 35,000 hectare area dedicated to mango production, comprising 30-40% of annual mango production in Uttar Pradesh.

It is the biggest producer of mangoes, with 90% produce being Dussehri. There are 14 to 15 mango belts in the state.

Padmashree Haji Kalimullah of Malihabad is waiting eagerly to introduce to mango connoisseurs his latest yet-to-be-named mango innovation, a cross between the desi 'Husn-e-Aara' and the popular Dussehri.

"I crossed the flowers of the two varieties three years ago. This year, I am expecting the fruit," he said. Ample flowering of mango trees in his orchard has given the man a hope that he will introduce at least five new varieties of mangoes this time, provided weather remains conducive.

Source: timesofindia

Mangoes to hit market by mid-February

Jan 31, 2014

The king of fruits, mango, is all set to hit the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) markets in couple of weeks, say market experts.
"Few dozen mangoes will be available in market for sale. But these are early fruit and may be artificially ripened. The ones that come at the end of March are the real ones as the mango season starts then," said Santosh Yadav, a fruit vendor from APMC market.
He added that one can call these early fruit as the sample product.
Those planning to buy the fruit will have to shell out Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 per dozen (depending on the size and quality of the mangoes) at the wholesale market, say traders.
They, however, add a word of caution - the price in the retail market will be atleast 20-30% higher.
According to vendors, the cost of the fruit will continue to remain high till market is flooded with more mangoes.
"It is all about demand and supply. In initial days (mid-February), the supply is less compared to the demand. But as more batches of mangoes start to come in (beginning mid-May), the prices start coming down" one of the trader said.
He added that the mangoes being exported in large quantities is one of the reasons for high prices of fruit in the local markets.
But the prices of the fruit may not go down much this year, as agriculture experts are expecting lesser supply of the crop due to unseasonal rains in coastal Konkan region.
Once the season begins, APMC will witness supply of over 50,000 boxes of mangoes daily - dispatched from Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and other parts of the coastal Konkan region.
There are some who rush to buy the first fruit of the season. But for many mango lovers, the quality of the fruit too is the reason for not buying the initial batches.
"Mangoes usually arrive in summer. The fruit that comes in January or mid-February is pre-season. The before-time mango consignment is usually a product of artificial ripening.
Hence, I would prefer to wait for the arrival of naturally ripened fruit," said Deepti Jayan, a local resident.
TOI had earlier reported that the APMC market received its first batch of Alphonso mangoes, costing Rs3,000 a dozen, in early January from Deogad.
Source: timesofindia.indiatimes

Pakistan, Mexico bite into India's mango exports

Jul 01, 2013

Mango export is not always sweet, as exporters to the US, Australia and Japan have found out. The quantum of exports to these destinations have been on a decline for the second year in a row. And the beneficiaries of this decline in Indian exports are Pakistan and Mexico.

The reasons for the decline include lack of awareness about the various varieties of mangoes available in the country, besides a freak weather condition this year that had largely affected yield of the popular Alphonso variety, according those in the export business.

The Karnataka Agriculture Produce Export Corporation is trying to counter the problem by planning market development activities in the USA, Japan and Australia to inform them of other varieties. "Mexico poses stiff competition in the US markets with their mangoes. Indian mangoes are far superior to them in quality, we have to create this awareness," an official told Express.

L Shanmugavel, proprietor of S S Exports said, "The quality of our mangoes have been affected due to bad weather conditions. Each Alphonso should weigh at least 350 gm, but due to excess heat most of them are less than 250 gm this year and cannot be exported. Secondly, Pakistan offers a better price for importers. If our export price for a certain variety is `60, they sell it at `35."

India began to export mangoes to US, Australia and Japan after a considerable tussle to lift import bans. But Japan, which imported `86.43 lakh worth of mangoes in 2011-12, did not import any at all last year. 

As per statistics on the Agricultural and processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) website, India exported 3,53,177 kg of mangoes to the US in 2011-12  which declined to 2,42,204 kg in 2012-13.  Australia imported 3,610 kg in 2011-12 which fell to 1,570 kg this fiscal.

The KAPEC official contended that a lot of effort had gone into setting up markets in the US, Japan and Australia. "We need a decent profit from these countries in order to sell, but that is not happening. If we have commercially successful markets in Europe, we ought to be able to export successfully to Japan, the USA and Australia," he contended. But all hope may not be lost yet. H V Hittalmani, former additional director of Horticulture Department said: "Despite 2013-14 being an off-year for mangoes, the situation could revive with a good monsoon and the yields could be better. The mangoes from Kolar and Chikballapur region are not of export quality, but those from Belgaum, Hubli and Dharwad can be exported as the produce will be good because of rich soil conditions there." Dr Abraham Verghese, Director, National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore, pointed out that each importing country has its own specifications and quarantine requirements, which push up export overheads.

"Japan insists on mangoes being subjected to Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT). The USA and Australia buy only irradiated fruits while other countries specify hot water treatment. We would like to comply with the rules so that we can sell our fruits in these countries at a premium price," he contended.

Exports to the United Arab Emirates earned the country a revenue of `162.86 crore last year. Other top consumers of mango from India are the UK, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Nepal, the USA, Singapore and Oman, generating a total revenue of `251.48 crore.


Source: The Indian Express

Lucknow mangoes earn fans in foreign countries

Jun 27, 2013

The rich mangoes of India, especially Dussehri breed of Malihabad mangoes seem to have a huge fan following even in foreign countries. Ambassadors and high commissioners of more than 10 countries would be gathering in a town of Malihabad on June 29 to enjoy a 'mango party'.

The town has not been revealed yet. Malihabad is 30 km from Lucknow.

This event 'Ek Shaam Malihabadi Dussehri Ke Naam' (An evening dedicated to Malihabad's Dussehri) would be hosted by the Mango Grower Association of India. The programme is aimed at earning popularity for Dussehri all across the globe and also seeking government's assistance for Mango growers and exporters of the country.

The association would also provide Dussehri mango saplings to the foreign diplomats and encourage them to promote its cultivation in their countries as well. The diplomats would be coming from different countries like Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Algeria, Fiji, Brunei, Kazakhstan and Nigeria, etc.

Association's spokesperson informed that the Union minister of state for agriculture and food processing, Tariq Anwar, would also be attending the programme.

The mango belts in Uttar Pradesh include Lucknow (Lucknow, Malihabad, Bakshi-ka-Talaab), Saharanpur and Sambhal-Amroha-Muzaffarnagar districts. Malihabad is globally known for its sweet and aromatic Dussehri, extensive mango plantations, which has been granted Geographical Indication (GI) registration in 2009. Malihabad is situated on Lucknow-Hardoi state highway number 25.

In Lucknow, mango plantation belt extends across 25,000 hectares, which produces world famous Dussehri mango. It alone comprises about 30 percent of the state's annual mango production. This year, the state's mango production had much been lower compared to last year. During 2012, the UP mango production was about 38 lakh tonnes, while this year the production is pegged at only 15 lakh tonnes.

An association's member said,"At present, the subsidy of Rs 26 per kg on export and branding purposes of mango is grossly inadequate, the mango growers and exporters need subsidy on air freight to make their plantations more profitable." The association has also informed about seeking Central Government's help in promoting mango-based food processing industries.

Source: timesofindia

Europe gets a taste of Ramgarh mangoes

Jun 20, 2013

Ramgarh, hitherto known for its coal mines, is now producing mangoes that are being exported to Europe and the Middle East. Some farmers from the district, with help from Uttar Pradesh-based cultivators, have proved that the soil of the coal belt is ideal for growing several varieties of mangoes.

The UP farmers convinced those from Ukrid village in Dulmi block to plant mango sapling on the semi-fertile vacant land. These saplings have now grown into trees laden with mangoes. Mahavir Sonkar Khatik, a UP farmer, said as many as 600 mango trees are now producing several varieties that are being exported and also catering to the domestic market. Dhaneshwar Kumar a farmer said that Ukrid village is now producing Langda, Malda, Gulab khas among other variety of mangoes which were being loved by people of across the country and even by foreigners.

Earlier, the farmers only cultivated seasonal crops and vegetables on these lands and a large part of non and semi fertile plots were lying vacant. "Mango trees require a lot of moisture to grow and the soil also needs to be well drained," Sonkar said, adding that fresh mangoes and pulp are important agricultural products of the country. "India exports mangoes and mango pulp to the UAE, Kuwait and other Middle Eastern countries with a limited quantity being sent to the European market," Sonkar said.

Source: The Times of India

Record revenue from mango loading at Nuzvid

May 24, 2013

Krishna District is home to one of the best mango varieties in the country and export of the King of Fruits to other States in the country is on an average around 30,000 tonnes annually through the Railways.

This season is not considered to be a very good year for mango crop, but better than last season, helped the Railways also achieve handling 24,415 tonnes from April 1 to May 21 creating a sort of record as the projections for the season are reaching beyond 30,000 tonnes. Last season the Vijayawada Division of South Central Railway had handled only 25,200 tonnes, but now with another 10 days to go for the season to come to an end, Divisional Railway Manager Pradeep Kumar hopes they will gross the highest revenue too.

With freight tariff going up by 25 per cent from June 1 last year, the Division has already netted Rs.4.56 crore sending out 20 rakes comprising 42 covered wagons per rake. “There is still some demand from the aggregators and exporters to send mangoes to Anand Nagar Delhi station and we are ready to supply any number of rakes within a short notice,” the DRM told The Hindu on Wednesday.

While each wagon can be loaded with 30 tonnes, it takes about five to six hours and the Railways places wagons at Nuzvid station at 7 a.m. everyday and ensures that the rake crosses Andhra Pradesh same day to reach New Delhi within 48 hours to ensure the half-ripe Mangoes are just ripe enough for consumption and are sold in the market in Northern States.

The 2009-10 season saw the highest loading of 32 wagons sending out 34,314 tonnes. Now every care is taken in loading and staking them and providing the wagon with a mesh window to keep airflow in-tact. Banginapalli, Chinna Rasalu, Totapuri and Collector are the popular ones. This is one of the two dedicated mango loading stations in the country with other also being Andhra Pradesh – Vizianagaram, now under East Coast Railway.


Odisha bags mango export contract from Finland

May 21, 2013

The horticulture department of the state government, which has been promoting mango cultivation on commercial basis for last few years, has received mango export order from Finland. The overseas sales will take place once the Bhubaneswar airport starts functioning as an international airport.

"We are promoting the sales and export of local mangoes. We have got an order from Finland. The quantum of export is expected to go up after the functioning of the international airport," said Sanjiv Chadha, director of horticulture.

The Biju Patnaik regional airport is expected to get the international airport tag by the end of July.

To facilitate global and domestic trading of mango, the department has set up a company called as Dhenkanal Fruits and Vegetables Marketing Company Limited having processing and packaging facility. Currently, the state is dispatching mangoes to Delhi, Utter Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal.

In 2011-12, Odisha produced 715,179 tonne mangoes cultivated on 142,358 ha of fruit bearing area. The production was 642,010 tonne in 2010-11 and 577,476 tonne in 2009-10. Odisha is ranked as sixth largest mango growing state in India, which accounts for over 60 per cent of global mango output of 25 million tonne.


Gale, fog dampen hopes of Chittoor mango growers

May 16, 2013

With nature playing spoilsport the hopes of mango farmers to reap rich harvest this year were dampened. The thick blanket of fog during the flowering stage of the crop followed by untimely rains and gales results in less crop yield. A majority of farmers lost their mangoes at a very early stage and even failed to get back at least 50 per cent of their investment. The lack of good price for the mango produce too has disappointed the mango growers in this district.

“We used to get an yield of around 5 tonne from the cropp grown in an acre of land but this year we failed to get even one tonne due to bad weather conditions,” said Venkatakrishnama Naidu, a farmer from Damalacheruvu.

Besides a very less yied the prices of mangoes too have witnessed a down fall. Naidu explains that lack of quality is the main reason behind it. “We invest Rs 40,000 per acre and we don’t even get Rs 10,000 back,” he said.

According to district horticulture department assistant director N Dasaratharami Reddy, mango crop is grown in 60,000 acres across the district and there are 65 mango pulping centres located in the district and used to produce one lakh metric tonnes to mango pulp.

This pulp is supplied to softdrink companies and fruit juice manufacturing units as well as exported to Singapore, Malaysia and Arab nations. “The exports used to touch more than `250 crore,’’ the officer said.

However, due to the decline in production of mango crop this year, 35 pulping centres have remained closed. The remaining 30 units too are not getting adequate stock from the district. They have to be dependent on mango stock from other districts like Kadapa, Nellore, Krishna and also from the neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states,’’ he explained.

When contacted the district fruit processing industries association joint secretary RVS Prasad said the district which used to produce mango pulp excess than the targets in the past is now forced to look for mango stock from other districts and even states.

Observing that similar situation will even lead to the closure of the existing the pulping units he sought the government to take necessarysteps for aiding the mango growers and allied products in Chittoor district.



Indian mango exporter finds market in Germany

May 15, 2013

Market opportunity and easily available information has made Germany a natural springboard into Europe, according to one Indian mango exporter.

Mahesh Krishnappa of Rapid Import and Exporters said the company has sent its first small consignments to Germany with the hope of making a splash in a promising new market.

“We wanted to understand E.U. regulations when we started the business so we came up with the idea of collaborating with a company in Europe,” the marketer told

“We invested in Germany because it was easy for us to find a collaborating partner so that we would understand the legal obligations in the European Union.”

The company had also considered launching its European business in the Netherlands, where it still hopes to establish relations, but ultimately chose Germany due in part to a relative lack of mango options.

“At least for Germany, our clients did not have customers previously from India supplying mangoes. To gain confidence, they did not place big orders at first. They wanted to see the quality and how people accepted Indian variety mangoes. So far it looks really good,” he said.

“The German market wasn’t so influenced by the different varieties of mangoes. There are varieties available but only in a certain season. It was not loaded with mangoes as compared to the Netherlands, for example. That was a marketing strategy we had.”

Rapid has not yet received full feedback for its initial sales in Germany but Krishnappa was satisfied with the company’s offering.

“We are very positive because we are confident about the quality of the mangoes and the quantity.  India grows around 50% of the world’s mangoes and the quality is also very high on the global market,” he said.

“The only variable is the acceptance of these mangoes on the local market. But for acceptance, we are also confident because it is not grown in the European Union and we will not be hurting the sentiments of local farmers.”

For export, the company primarily offers Alphonso mangoes, in addition to Kesar, Banganpalli and Totapuri.

Krishnappa explained that the Indian fruit offering differs largely from other producing nations in terms of variety, giving the company confidence it will be able to compete against other regions.

He said southern India received unexpected rains early in the season, which caused some fruit to drop to the ground. Alphonso, the main export variety, was not significantly impacted, however. Krishnappa said quantity and quality so far looked good compared to last year.


India Can Dominate U.S. Mango Market

May 14, 2013

Amid indications that the US would allow import of Indian mangoes this season, a leading American trade body said that the Indian varieties of the delicious fruit was likely to dominate the 2.50-lakh tonne US market if import was allowed.
"Since the news about the possibility of import of Indian mangoes to the US appeared, we have been getting frequent queries from speciality grocery stores as well as transporters," spokesperson of the United States Indian Business Council (USIBC) said.
The spokesperson said although US consumers were relatively unfamiliar to mangoes, in recent years the fruit was getting popular, following import from mainly Mexico.
As a result, the Mexican variety of mango dominated the US market which has a size of 2.5 lakh tonne annually. "Mexican mangoes, however, do not compare in terms of sweetness and varieties offered by the Indian mangoes," the spokesperson said. USIBC has been steadily building up a case for allowing import of Indian mangoes to the US in recent years.
As part of the same exercise the Council planned to organise the first-ever 'Indian Mango Tasting Festival' at its Global India Summit to be held inWashington from June 27.
Union commerce minister Kamal Nath and a number of important names of Indian business including Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani, FICCI president Hari Khorakivala and Tarun Das of CIL, are scheduled to attend the summit.
A business delegation from West Bengal led by Industry minister Nirupam Sen would also attend the summit.
When an American business delegation led by USIBC President Ron Somers had last month called on West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, he had made a special request to them to work on allowing import of Indian mangoes to the United States.
Indian mangoes have never been allowed to be exported to the US because they have not undergone pests risk analysis.
A major breakthrough was achieved last year when an agreement was signed between the US Department of Agriculture and the Indian Department of Agriculture and Co-operation to resolve a 17-year old trade dispute on potential pests and disease.
It agreed on a framework outlining fundamental requirements for bilateral trade of commodities treated by irradiation.
The USIBC spokesperson said that subsequently, the US Department of Commerce and the Department of Agriculture have been actively clearing the way for Indian mango import this season.
The Council's member companies have been spearheading private sector lobbying to ensure that the import of Indian mangoes was allowed this season beginning in a month now.

Source: Silicon India News

Mango fest from May 24

May 14, 2013

The city is all set to host its first-ever mango festival. Mango Growers Association will organise ‘Mango Fest 2013’, an exclusive exhibition of different varieties of mangoes at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Kaloor, from May 24 to June 2.

Health Minister V S Sivakumar will inaugurate the mango festival. The exhibition will contain varieties of mangoes imported especially from Singapore, Malaysia, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.

The mangoes will be arranged in around 300 air-conditioned stalls. The fest will also display various mango products such as pickles, juices and payasams. Besides, an All India Expo, furniture expo and a grand food fest will be organised in connection with the fest. Mayor Tony Chammany, GCDA chairman N Venugopal, district panchayat president Eldhose Kunnappilly, MLAs and MPs along with cine and serial artists will attend the grand mango fest.

The fest is marketed by Can events. The organisers said that they expect about one lakh people to visit the fest. An opportunity will also be provided to clientele to display products and advertisements.



India likely to export record 500 tonne mangoes to US: APEDA

May 13, 2013

Mango exports from India to the US are likely to touch a record level of about 500 tonnes this year, due to a strong demand and an expected sufficient supply of export quality fruit, according to the government body APEDA.

However, inadquate irradiation centres for treating insect pest mango seed weevils and fruit fly from the fruits, is limiting large shipments from the country, it said.

Last year India, the world's largest grower of the fruit, had shippped about 209 tonnes of mangoes to America.

"The overall mango exports to US are expected to reach a record 400-500 tonnes this year," a senior official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) told PTI.

Since April first week, the country has exported 90 tonnes of mangoes, mainly from western India. 'Alfonso' and 'Kesar' varieties grown in the western parts of the country are being exported to the US, he said.

The supply of export quality mangoes is sufficient as of now. The arrival of mangoes from south India has started, while the season in Northern states like Uttar Pradesh will begin from mid-June onwards, the official added.

However, record exports will depend on supply of quality UP mangoes like 'Dasheri', 'Langda' and 'Chounsa' that will hit the market during monsoon," APEDA said.

According to it, traders have managed to get good orders this time due to strong demand for Indian mangoes.

However, big volumes of exports to the US cannot take place due to insufficient irradiation centres in the country. The US prefers irradiation to get rid of an insect pest mango seed weevils and fruit fly from the fruits.

At present, India has only one irradiation centre in Maharashtra with a processing capacity of 10-15 tonnes per day.

Mango exports to the US resumed in 2007. The fruits are exported to the US via air after the irradiation process, which is a modern food preservation technology that can reduce the risk of food poisoning, control food spoilage and extend shelf-life of food.

Indian mangoes are being exported at Rs 150-175 per kg at fob (freight on board), almost the same price as last year.

The country's overall mango exports are expected to be around 83,000 tonnes this year, while the domestic production is estimated to be around 15 lakh tonnes.

Source: economictimes

Mango business booming in Thiruvananthapuram

May 09, 2013

Visitors from across the country thronged in for the festival of the summer fruit, mango in Thiruvananthapuram, with more than 30 types of mangoes available on sale at an affordable price.

"The mangoes have come from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. We have 30 varieties of mango here, starting from Malgoa. These 30 varieties include the typical Kerala local varieties of mangoes too," said Ashraf, a mango trader in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mango, often called the king of fruits is grown in different parts of the country.

Arrival of the fruit from southern and western parts of the country hit the market mainly in April-May, while harvest in the north starts from May-end and runs till mid-July.

Different mango varieties from various parts of India were available for sale under the single roof of the festival.

The mangoes were on sale at an affordable price and it came as a sigh of relief for the customers amidst soaring demand and prices in the summers of southern India.

The event was a good opportunity not only for mango lovers but also for local vendors who wanted to boost their business.

Mango artwork with big artificial mangoes glorified the event.

Mango lovers did not seem to miss the golden opportunity as the festival witnessed a good influx of visitors who wanted to fulfill their wish to have mango as they craved for it.

"This is the second time the government is organizing such an event. It's a very good initiative by the government. They are bringing the cultivators under a single roof, the people in Kerala are experiencing such a thing, all the varieties are here, it's a very good initiative by the government," said Rohit.

Alphonso, Banganapalli, Kesar, Langra, Chausa, Mallika and Dussheri are the most popular varieties from across the country, and their prices vary.

Mango growers earn around rupees 70,000 to 75, 000 for every ton of mangoes exported to the U.S., and make an annual profit of rupees 4.5 million.

Though, India is the largest producer of mangoes, it accounts for less than one percent of the international mango trade, consuming most of its own output.


Seasonal Berhampur mango market back in trade

May 08, 2013

With the season of king of fruits setting in, Berhampur, the largest mango market in the Southern Odisha, is flooded with the juicy fruit.

Almost every variety of the mangoes has arrived in the market that is doing a daily business of Rs1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh.

The favourite varieties of the customers are Sundari, Baiganapalli, Cherukurasam or Akhurasa and Panukul. While a kilogram of Akhurasa mangoes costs Rs 45 in wholesale rate, Sundari is priced between Rs 28 and Rs 35, Baiganapalli Rs 30  and Rs 40 while the Kalambi variety comes for around Rs 30. The local varieties are sold for `20 to `25 per kg.

Though, the price of the mangoes has gone up marginally compared to last year, the demand has not been affected due to the consumers’ fascination towards the sweet summer fruit.

With the local producers unable to meet the demand, Berhampur market depends on Andhra Pradesh for its stock that comes from Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Elluru, Nellore, Narsanapeta and Vijayawada. Some mangoes are also imported from Karnataka.

Traders said as mangoes are perishable, about 75 per cent of the businessmen prefer to be commission agents of Andhra wholesalers and about 25 per cent businessmen purchase it directly from the neighbouring state.

“Currently, we receive 15 to 20 trucks of mangoes from Andhra Pradesh every day,” said Nabin Acharya, a trader, adding that around 30 varieties of mangoes which are basically of three types including juicy, fleshy and fibrous are sold in the market.

Of all the varieties, Baiganapalli is in maximum demand.

Presently, mango market in Berhampur has been operating near the Neelakantheswar temple since 1995. Earlier, it was near the St. Stephens Church Ground for 17 years and prior to that, at Khwaja Sahi here. The mango market is a seasonal one and runs for four months every year - April to July. Till date, 76 stalls have been set up by nearly 40 wholesalers with 75 per cent commission agents.

Berhampur also supplies mangoes to various places within the State and neighbouring states such as West Bengal. Traders said the market registers a turnover of `1 crore during the season every year.



Trafalgar Square set to host London's first ever Indian mango festival

May 06, 2013

Mango mania is all set to sweep the world famous Trafalgar Square on Sunday in what will be London's first ever Indian mango festival.

The mayor of London has allowed a strong delegation from Maharashtra to celebrate a special "Alphonso mango festival" on May 5 and 6 - incidentally a national holiday in UK.

As many as 25,000 people will be able to taste India's juiciest alphonsos for free besides mango lassi shots.

The event will come with an adequate flavour of Bollywood with choregrapher Shiamak Davar performing to some of the most popular film songs at the Square.

Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor will whip up some mango delicacies while set designer of Lagaan, Jodha akbar and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam fame Nitin Desai creating sets in the centre of the square that includes six jumbo-sized wooden elephants.

Whuile Trafalgar Square will be the venue for the festival on Sunday, Monday will see the same mango mania take place in another of London's iconic areas - Leicester.

The event, that will be attended by a 20-member strong delegation from Maharashtra including mango growers, farmers and sellers will also look to popularise the Alphonso in the British market.

Abhijeet Patil, main organiser of the event told TOI "The festival including food and drinks will all revolve around the Maharashtrian mango and we expect to cater to 25,000 people since Trafalgar Square is packed with visitors on Sundays. At present, when people buy mangoes from stores in UK, they don't know whether it is from India, Pakistan or some other countries. We therefore want to popularise the Indian mango in UK."

According to Patil, the event is part of a larger plan to popularise Konkan as a destination for tourists and business.

Alphonso has been a widely revered fruit by connoisseurs of cuisine such as Richard Corrigan, Yotam Ottolenghi, Vivek Singh, Sanjeev Kapoor and Peter Gordon amongst other great chefs. Alphonso delicacies are cherished at many well known Indian restaurants in UK such as Cinnamon Club and the Ambrette with MasterChef wWinner Shelina Permalloo who uses only the Alphonso variety for her tantalizing delicacies.
India is the world's top mango exporter followed by Mexico.

Mangoes from Goa are said to be exported to Brazil in 1811. The Alphonso economy at present is worth more than Rs 1,000 crores and exports of mango pulp is presently pegged at Rs 620 crores.

Source: Times of India

Honey, Mango Fest

May 02, 2013

Mangoes are here again to tickle the sweet tooth of city dwellers this summer. A 10-day national Honey and Mango Fest -2013 will be on at the Kanakakkunnu palace from May 2 to May 12.  Nearly 100 tonnes of mango  from the south Indian states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh will arrive at the festival jointly hosted by State Horticulture Mission and Horticorp.

‘’It is expected that 10 tonnes of mango will be sold a day. The majority of mangoes will come from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. About one lakh visitors are expected for the fest. Artificially ripened mangoes using calcium carbide will  strictly be kept off limits from this fest,’’ said K Prathapan, director of State Horticulture Mission.

 Quintessential varieties in Kerala, such as neelam, varikka, kalappadi, sindooram, chandrakkaran, nambiar maanga, chakkarakutti, kottoorkonam, varikka, moovandan, kilichundan, pharangiladuva will be displayed. From other states, there  will be jahangir, daseri, selam, banglora, alphonso, banganapalli,  malgova and mallika mango varieties.  Besides, mango tree saplings will also be available for sale.

 Bee breeders and bee keepers from Kerala will come up with ‘cheruthen’, ‘vanthen’ and ‘kaattuthen’ at the honey fest. A section having a variety of honey drinks is also expected to draw crowds. Value-added honey products will also make an appearance. The entry fee for the festival will be Rs 10. Tickets will be available from the counter on the Kanakakkunnu palace premises and from the branches of Indian Bank in the city. Entry is free for kids aged below 10. 

The fest will be inaugurated by Agriculture Minister K P Mohanan at 4 pm on Thursday. K Muraleedharan MLA will preside over the function.  The inauguration of the pavilions will be performed by Health Minister V S Sivakumar. Mayor K Chandrika will be the chief guest.


Bumper harvest of mangoes likely

May 01, 2013

There is good news for mango lovers, as a good yield of this king of fruits is expected in orchards in Krishna district, which exports a large quantity to many destinations in India.

The popular varieties like Banginapally and Chinna rasalu will have a good yield in Krishna district this season, according to Horticulture Department officials.

Mango crop is in a better stage in the orchards in upland mandals of the district compared to last year. Farmers have reaped the fruit twice in some areas by April-end and mango stocks both raw and ripe ones are flooding the market. The recent gales in the district caused five to ten per cent fruit yield drop, but, the rainfall will help it grow in farms where the crop is in tender stage, said the officials.

Last year, the production was around 1.75 lakh tonnes in the district and this year the total produce may be around 2 lakh tonnes, Horticulture Assistant Director P.M. Subhani told The Hindu.

The average cultivable area in the district is about 57.15 hectares and the bearing area is 55,000 hectares. Farmers raise banginapally, chinna rasalu, pedda rasalu, Navaneetam rasalu and totapuri varieties.

Banginapally was raised in 70 per cent of the cultivable area, totapuri in 20 per cent and the remaining varieties in ten per cent of the orchards. The crop is good in the orchards in Tiruvuru, Reddygudem, Vissannapeta, Nuzvid, Jaggaiahpet, A. Konduru, Mylavaram, Gampalagudem and other mandals.

Less fruit drop

This year, fruit drop is lower compared to previous years and the growers expect an average of four tonnes of fruit per hectare. About 20 per cent of the mango stocks had already arrived in the market and another 40 per cent of the fruits are ready for harvesting. Farmers use Totapuri mangoes for preparing jelly, said the Horticulture AD.

“Mango is a crop, which has alternate bearing cycle and in bangenapally variety the phenomenon is striking. The production, however, depends on the age of the crop/trees. I plucked the fruit thrice in January, March and in April and the price in the market is good,” said a farmer Kondaiah of Reddygudem village.


Bihar likely to produce 15 lakh MT mangoes

Apr 22, 2013

Bihar is in for a bumper mango harvest this year, with production expected to be more than double of last year. Even the horticulture and agriculture department sources said the state is set for a bumper harvest this season. The fruit has already started appearing in the local market.

"The crop yield this year is likely to be around 15 lakh metric tonnes," said deputy director, horticulture (planning), Pawan Kumar on Thursday. Though there was a thunderstorm last week, it did not cause much damage to the crop, he added.

The total target area for mango cultivation is 38,015 acres under the Bagicha Bachao Abhiyaan (Save Orchard campaign) launched by CM Nitish Kumar in May, 2012. Emphasis was laid on adoption of scientific methods in horticultural activities and fruit-bearing trees were cultivated and grown in accordance with their area-specific quality and value. The government also gave subsidy to farmers for the tilling and ploughing of land under orchards. This led to the increase in yield, said Kumar.

'Jardaloo' variety of mango, which is successfully grown in Bhagalpur district, and the 'Dudhiya' variety of 'Malda' mango of Digha in Patna, have been ensured an assured market, added the agriculture official.

District agriculture officer, Patna, Nitesh Kumar Rai also said that in view of widespread flowering and formation of fruits on mango trees in most of the districts like Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Araria and Patna, the state is expecting a bumper crop this season provided there is no major thunderstorm.

The year 2012 was an 'off year' for the crop as 2011 was an 'on year'. Therefore, the overall mango yield achieved was less than 10 lakh tonnes. Due to the poor yield, its price was also high last year, say farmers. Moreover, mango is a dry-land crop which can survive without irrigation. It is also drought-resistant (the crop does not require regular watering after the fourth year of the plantation) and despite less rainfall, the yields are high, said a farmer.

Sanjay Jha, another big farmer of Darbhanga, said, "The rates should become steady after initial high and we expect good quality of Malda to sell at Rs 50 to Rs 60/kg."

Malda, Mallika, Jardaloo, Gulabkhas, Bumbai, Daseri, Chausa are major varieties of mango grown in the state. Of these, Malda contributes about 30% of the total production. A Vaishali-based farmer, Dhananjay Sah, who owns a huge orchard near Lalganj, said, "Last year, we had only 55% of the total expected yield, but this time we are expecting at least 80% of the total yield. Nevertheless, the fruit size may be reduced if there is no summer or pre-monsoon showers in April-May. Even the fruit quality may be affected in case of no rain in the crucial months, he said, and added that one or two showers can ensure a quality crop yield."

Interestingly, Bihar ranks third in mango cultivation and covers about 50% of the total fruit area in the state as per National Horticulture Mission (NHM) sources.

Source: articles

Predominantly rain-fed Maharashtra mangoes lack last-mile connectivity

Apr 04, 2013

Mango is a dry season crop and is mostly rain-fed. Unlike vegetables which are planted and harvested within days or weeks and are thus more likely to be affected by drought-like conditions (currently prevalent in the state of Maharashtra), mangoes are harvested from large trees which have stood for years and survive on groundwater which is deep inside, so they are not as badly affected.

Omkar Sapre, member of the board and chief marketing officer, Devgad Taluka Amba Utpadak Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit (Devgad Taluka Mango Growers' Cooperative Society Ltd), Jamsande, Devgad, Sindhudurg, said mangoes – the king of fruits – suffer from a host of other problems. He stated, “Firstly, there is inadequate last-mile connectivity between mango farms in Maharashtra to the homes of people.”

“Secondly, the price of the fruit has increased on account of the reduced subsidies in the prices of pesticides and fertilisers. Thirdly, the manpower working in the fields, particularly at the time of harvest, grading and packing the mangoes, is inadequate. Fourthly, the numbers, varieties and destructive power of pests has increased, and there is a lack of effective pesticides against them. And lastly, there must be more innovations and research in packaging, which is lacking,” he said.

Facts & figures

Sapre said, “Maharashtra has 4,82,000 hectare of land under mango cultivation, which is the largest among the Indian states. However, in terms of production of mangoes, the state, with 5,03,000 metric tonne, ranks ninth. According to data provided by the National Horticulture Database 2011-12, Uttar Pradesh, which has just 2,58,300 hectare of land under mango production, has the largest mango production (estimated to be 38,40,800 metric tonne).”

“Alphonso mangoes are predominantly grown in the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra. It is a table fruit, and its unique selling point is that it has a very sweet taste and a pleasant aroma and occurs rarely. The two other varieties grown in the state are Kesar and Payri. As far as Devgad is concerned, about 2,000 farmers cultivate Alphonso mangoes. The taluka produces about 50,000 tonne of mangoes,” he said.

Sapre said, “Alphonso and Kesar are exported from the state, though Alphonso comprises 90 per cent of India's mango exports. Baganapalli – a variety from the south – is also exported. Alphonso mangoes are exported to 52 countries. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the largest importer, followed by Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Kuwait, Singapore, Qatar, Bahrain, the United States and Canada,” he added.

Farmers have no say

When quizzed whether those who cultivate mangoes are given a fair deal when their product reaches the market, Sapre said, “It would be too selfish for us to answer this question in the negative only from the mango farmers' point of view. There is no doubt that they do not get a fair deal, but that is the case with every agricultural commodity. And fruit and vegetables are not sold for a maximum retail price (MRP), but are bought at the roadside only after heavy bargaining. It is sad that agriculture is the only business where the producer does not decide or does not have the power to decide the prices of his/her produce and it is the seller who decides it.”


Devgad Taluka Amba Utpadak Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit is involved in the marketing of mangoes, and Sapre stated that for the past two years, the society has been running the pilot of an e-commerce initiative (, where it delivers the fruit from Devgad to the homes of people in cities.

He added that while the initiative was a success in Pune, it hadn't quite taken off along the expected lines in other cities owing to connectivity issues. “This year, we will scale up the initiative in Pune. Meanwhile, we are also working on ironing out the issues in other cities,” he informed.

When asked about the society's marketing strategy, Sapre said, “We are the custodians of the brand we produce. So the strategy, which is also mentioned our website is, 'The world's best Alphonso mango, directly from the farmers'. We ensure nothing less than the best quality – all the customer has to do is choose the size and variant of mango they want. We have established processes to ensure that only the best fruits pass through and reach the customers. We vouch for our quality, stand by it and make all efforts to create a brand along the same lines as any corporate offering.”

Government's role

Sapre said the government could do a lot for mago cultivators to thrive, adding that the society has made its representation, but the need of the hour at this point is to mandate a minimum support price (MSP) along the lines of sugarcane for mangoes bought for processing. This, he stated, would solve a number of problems faced by the mango producers.

“Another problem that needs to be addressed is the octroi. There is no octroi on fruit, but at some check nakas, harassment of mango transporters is not uncommon. They are in fact asked to pay octroi on the pretext of them being processed products (because they are packed in boxes) and not as mere fruits,” he added.

Stand on artificial ripening

Sapre said Devgad Taluka Amba Utpadak Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit was totally against the use of any chemical to ripen the fruit, because there is no need to do so as it diminishes the quality of the fruit. He added, “Instead, we ripen the fruit naturally using hay, and that is why the quality is superior. In fact, it is because of this that we are in a position to command a certain price.”

“The issue of artifical ripening has cropped up because of the weird manner in which the market is structured. Mangoes that come into the market first fetch a higher price. This brings in a tendency among traders to pull in the fruit as soonas possible from the farmers, ripen them artificially and sell them off equally fast. To do so, calcium carbide – a banned product, because it is known to cause cancer and is therefore unfit for human consumption – is used,” he said.

“A point that must be noted is that calcium carbide does not really 'ripen' mangoes. Customers must understand that ripening is a bio-chemical reaction. When the fruit reaches it maturing stage, it starts producing ethylene gas, which slowly breaks down the acids in the fruit, and converts starch into sugar. It is not humanly possible to accelerate this natural biochemical reaction in the fruit,” Sapre explained.
“What calcium carbide does to mangoes is that it produces acetylene gas, which creates heat. When generated from calcium carbide, acetylene contains toxic impurities. The main application of acetylene is in welding and as a fuel, and it affects the neurological system. When acetylene fills up the box of mangoes, it heats them from outside and then the mangoes start losing their green colour and turn yellow from outside,” he added.

Sapre said, “The mangoes do turn yellow, but do not ripen. Some starch near the skin of mangoes is broken into sugar and then mangoes take a uniform yellow colour. To the customers, the mangoes look yellow, so they think it is ripe and buy it at whatever cost. However, the taste is not what the customer has paid for. Such mangoes taste pathetic.”
“Another problem for us is that almost all mangoes that look like Alphonso are sold in the market as Devgad and Ratnagiri. Now people have heard the names of these two talukas producing mangoes of top quality. When people eat such artificially-ripened mangoes thinking that they must belong to either of these talukas, and more so to Devgad, and the mangoes taste pathetic, our name takes a beating. These people do not want to buy Devgad mangoes later on, based on the fake mangoes they have eaten. So essentially the loss from artificially ripened mangoes is not just financial but all around,” he added.

Processors' viewpoint

Pavankumar Agarwal, director (commercial), Shree Mahalaxmi Agro Farms Pvt Ltd – which deals in Alphonso mangoes and their pulp – said, “We are exporters. While our products are in great demand all over the globe, Canada is a significant importer, and the company is currently in negotiations with the buyers.”

“In fact, we showcased our products at various international trade fairs, including Gulfood in Dubai, Foodex in Japan and IEF (the United Kingdom), and were present at the APEDA show as well. We own a global GAP and ISO 22000:2005-certified Alphonso mango orchard with in-house pulping and canning lines and tube-in-tube technology,” he said.

Agarwal agreed with Sapre that farmers have not got a fair deal and that the government has to look into the same with an eye on the long-term prospects for the sector. He said, “Farmers can get a good price for their product only when marketing committee charges and brokers' commissions at yards are kept in check.”

As far as the problems it faces are concerned, he said, “Improper infrastructure is a key issue. Transportation is inaequate and climate-controlled distribution hubs need to be developed.”

When quizzed about artificial ripening, Agarwal stated, “Artificial ripening as per global GAP practices is acceptable, but using hazardous chemicals to ripen the mangoes is creating a shift to the other varieties available. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra have to look into it at the market (point of sales) level.”

Source: FnB News

Mango madness: Over 600 varieties at Delhi fest

Jul 09, 2012

It was a feast to remember for Delhi's mango-lovers who got a taste of their favourites from 600 varieties of the "maharaja" of fruits at the three-day Mango Festival that ended here Sunday. With varieties such as "kela", "elaichi", "rasgulla" on offer, the festival at Dilli Haat, Pitam Pura, saw participation from 17 traditional growers of mangoes including Central Institute for Sub-Tropical Horticulture, Mustafa Orchards and Purkazi. "We have displayed about 250 varieties of mangoes out of which only 5 to 6 types are for commercial use and the other 142 types are for the research purposes," P.K. Saxena, from the Horticulture Experiment and Training Centre in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, told IANS. "Rajeev, Saurabh and and Gaurav are the three variety of mangoes that can only be found in Saharanpur," Saxena added. The festival also displayed myriad varieties like "Sirki", "Kensington", "Amrapali", "Mallika Fazli" and many more. Rohit Kumar, who visited the mango festival with his family, said: "I never knew India had so many kinds of mangoes. I was amazed by how different these were from each other, though they looked similar from the naked eyes." The mangoes were displayed in three different halls and many of them were on sale as well. Other products made from the fruit like mango squash, and pickles were also on sale. "The price of the mango depends on the production and this year the production hasn't been great. So the prices are sightly higher varying from Rs.20 per gg for the Dashehri mango to Rs.60 per kg for the hybrid Mallika," a stall owner said. Other features of the fest were a mango-eating competition, mango quizzes and a mango slogan writing competition. The festival was organised by Delhi government's tourism department, Incredible India, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority and National Horticulture Board.

Source: newstrackindia

Mangoes reach market in Feb, but fruits cost a bomb

Feb 15, 2012

The king of fruits has arrived and is priced at a wholesale rate of Rs 4,000-4,500 for a box of five dozen quality raw mangoes. Alfonso, among other mango varieties, is set to fire up the markets and the taste buds of Mumbaikars in the next few weeks with ripened fruits flooding retail outlets in Mumbai and Thane.     

Dussehri output may rise 70-80% in UP

Feb 06, 2012

Low temperature and rain in the first week of January cheered mango growers in the fruit belt of Malihabad in Uttar Pradesh. Known for cultivation of Dussehri mango, Malihabad is all set for a bumper crop this year. According to growers, production is expected to rise 70-80 per cent this year. The past two years have been dull for dussehri in fruit belt of Kakori and Malihabad in UP. According to Padam Shree award winner mango grower Kaleemullah, rain in January first week destroyed the pest that were harmful for mango trees and now the flowering assures us of a good crop. He said flowering has begun with the rise in the temperature. The state horticulture department, too, is expecting production to be at least 2.5 million tonnes in the Malihabad and surrounding regions this year. According to Kaleemullah, due to bumper production, prices are likely to fall too.     

Indian Agriculture Research Institute develops mango hybrids, promise 3-4 times higher yield

Feb 03, 2012

Indian Agriculture Research Institute has developed four hybrid mango varieties which promise a yield three-four times higher than the existing varieties. This is likely to scale up mango production in the next 10 years without any additional input cost. The varieties named Pusa Pratibha, Pusa Peetamber, Pusa Shreshth and Pusa Lalima possess traits of popular varieties like Dussehari and Neelam. India is the world's largest producer of mango at 15 million tonne. It exports around 60,000 tonne to the UAE, UK, US and Bangladesh earning $35 million. The four hybrids are a result of 15 years of research by Dr A K Singh who heads the division of fruits and horticulture technology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute. "These varieties are expected to yield 20 tonne per hectare as against the average yield of 7 tonne of the existing varieties," he says.     

A raw deal for Orissa mango

Jan 27, 2012

Growers in Orissa rue their mangoes get a raw deal outside the state — even if they are the fist-sized, yellow Dasheharis or the reddish Gulab Khas, and even when their produce flood the markets at least a month before most varieties arrive from other states. The script runs thus every year: Traders from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh queue up outside mango orchards of non-descript Orissa villages around April-end to pick truckloads of Dasheharis. They buy them dirt cheap — for Rs 5-8 per kg — from farmers who are anxious that their produce will rot away, thanks to lack of cold storage facilities here.     

Alphonso to cost cheaper in 2012

Jan 17, 2012

The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) market received its first yield of Alphonso mangoes last week. Each carton was sold for a whopping Rs 10,000 each -- 10 times the price a carton fetches in peak season (March to June). Sakharam Pansare, a trader at APMC market said, "We received two cartons of the first yield of Alphonso mangoes from a farmer in the Konkan belt on Thursday which were bought by a retailer. Last year we sold the first yield carton for Rs 8,000." This doesn't imply that you will spend an exorbitant amount to eat Alphonso mangoes this year. "The first yield of mangoes costs a lot because gifting Alphonso mangoes, especially when there is no supply in the market, is a trend. The rates will go down in February as the supply becomes regular," said Vijay Dhobale, a mango grower.     

Uplifting farmers by merging tradition with innovation

Dec 05, 2011

The importance of marketing in agriculture is being realised increasingly for the past few years. The development of agriculture all these years has remained supply driven. The producer has remained de-linked from the markets, emerging demand pattern and more so from changing consumer preferences. It has been observed that in the post-reform period the farming community has been facing several problems, which collectively result in growing distress originating from lower profitability. Hence, the proposed summit is expected to address and guide farmers regarding quality production, value addition, export potentials and under GAP and organic certification , for their crops and the potential markets for exports and to establish backward linkage with farming organisations.     

Mango cultivators, pulp manufacturers in lurch

Nov 11, 2011

A sharp decline in demand from the gulf countries, largely owing to the political instability after the Arab uprisings, and fluctuations in prices at the local market, have now resulted in huge loses for mango cultivators and pulp manufacturers in the State. They say that more than 60 per cent of their produce are now lying in the godowns as importers have not turned up. As per the Season and Crop Report of 2008-2009, the latest available, mango was cultivated in 1,30,012 hectares in TN resulting in production of 6,44,626 tonnes of the fruit. The cultivation was concentrated in Krishnagiri, Dindigul, Vellore, Tiruvallur, Dharmapuri and Theni districts constituting 67 per cent of the total cropped area. Industry sources said that this large scale cultivation also meant that a buoyant pulp processing sector developed in these districts with Krishnagiri alone having about 56 such small and medium sized units, exporting lakhs of tonnes of the product.     

The sour tale of Indian mango exports to Oz

Oct 28, 2011

Australia finally gave a green signal to imports of mangoes from India this year, but the king of fruits didn't make it to the market shelves. The initial 1.267 tonnes of mangoes were found to be rotten or over ripe on arrival in Australia and had to be destroyed, resulting in the two importers incurring losses of nearly A$100,000.     

India: Weather could delay first mango harvest

Sep 27, 2011

The forecast of monsoon continuing well into October could delay the first mango harvest, causing prices to hit the roof. The Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) forecast of the monsoon extending up to mid-October this year may affect the mango harvest early next year. Ajay Kumar, IMD meteorologist said, "The monsoon has just started withdrawing from the Punjab-Haryana belt. But, it will remain active in Maharashtra till mid-October." Sometime in October, the mango growers in state's Konkan region start preparing for the first harvest of mangoes, which hit the markets in February.     

Coca-Cola India and Jain Irrigation launch Unnati, a project on mangoes

Sep 16, 2011

Coca-Cola India and Jain Irrigation have announced the launch of Project Unnati, a unique partnership with farmers to demonstrate and enable adoption of Ultra-High Density Plantation (UHDP) practice for mangoes. The launch was announced on Wednesday. The project will encourage sustainable, modern agricultural practices and help double mango yields, thereby increasing the income of the farmers. The UHDP is a farming practice that leads to mango orchards attaining their full potential in three to four years and also allows nearly 600 trees to be planted in an acre instead of the conventional method of planting 40 trees in an acre.     

Mangoes still short in Europe

Sep 02, 2011

Mangoes seem to be a bit elusive in Europe at the moment, if you can get your hands on them they are not cheap. Paul Weetman from Planet Produce an exotics importer in the UK, puts this down to a combination of things. Firstly Brazilian mango producers have seen an opening in the more lucrative US market and are sending less to Europe. Secondly, mangoes from Costa Rica which would normally be arriving in Europe just now have been delayed by Hurricane Irene, which shut ports in the region. Exporters also delayed sending the fruit to the ports because of the storm causing further delays.     

US: First Brazillian mangoes move quickly

Aug 26, 2011

The first containers of Brazil mangoes have arrived USA and movement was brisk as importers are waiting for the second vessel to arrive which is estimated to have 80 containers on board. There is a projected gap in shipping between the second and third vessels in September out of Brazil. This could see pricing move up a little as supplies tighten up. The major importers this year from Brazil are expected to be Amazon Produce, Continental Fresh, Panorama, and Dayka & Hackett.Amazon Produce should be the lead importer with almost 50% of product on the first arrivals and then backing off to one third of the overall deal out of Brazil with roughly 2,000,000 (4kg) cartons this year.     

Lower Indian mango price hits Pakistan

Aug 24, 2011

Political and social unrest in the Middle East and drastic reduction in prices by India have sidelined Pakistan from the international mango pulp market. Weaker policies of Pakistan government are another factor of decreasing export of fruits. Pakistan is the fourth largest mango producer country in the world after India, China and Mexico. Its average annual production of the fruit is 1.7-1.8 million tons, cultivated on an area of 166,000 hectares. Punjab occupies a dominant position in producing mangoes with a share of more than 70 per cent followed by Sindh with 20 per cent.     

Mangoes at war in US market

Aug 23, 2011

Three years after the Indian alphanso landed in the US to the delight of diehard mango lovers, the popular chausa variety from Pakistan has entered American markets this month, leading to cheers from the fruit's fans. Traders involved in its import concede that this brings an element of competition between the mango varieties from two countries, though both are facing the problem of high costs and are presently quite far away from the reach of the masses and are not readily available in Indian and Pakistani grocery stores.     

Pakistan's mangoes challenge India in US

Aug 19, 2011

Three years after India's vaunted mangoes hit US shores, Pakistan is catching up. The first commercial shipment of its prized chausas arrived in Chicago last weekend and is now ready for retailing, setting up yet another rivalry. It will be retailing at a princely $80-100 for a box of 12, a price market experts believe is determined more by the emotional pull of the fruit than anything: am proud to be a Pakistani, and am just so glad chausas are finally here.     

Price of mango in Europe lower than in the U.S.

Aug 19, 2011

There are still some remaining mango's from various countries, but Brazil together with Israel will be on the market for quite a while. More of the mango export goes to the U.S. than to Europe at the moment. The large differences in price between Europe and the U.S. are striking. Two importers give their opinion. One of them prefers to remain anonymous.     

PHL may resume mango exports to China

Aug 17, 2011

The Philippines may resume exporting fresh mangoes to Beijing should the Chinese government approve the protocols the Manila has developed in order to reenter China’s fresh fruit industry. “The feedback from the Chinese is encouraging. We’re hoping to resume the export of our mangoes to China as soon as China approved the protocols we developed to control pest infestation," Bureau of Plant Industry director Clarito Barron said Tuesday.     

A Ban Lifted, King of Fruit Makes Debut

Aug 17, 2011

A year after the U.S. lifted a ban on Pakistani mangoes, the first commercial shipment of the prized Chaunsa variety landed in New York over the weekend.     

Junagadh Kesar mango gets GI tag as ‘Gir Kesar’

Aug 01, 2011

The famous saffron-coloured Kesar variety of mango, largely grown around the foothills of Girnar mountains in Gujarat’s Junagadh district, has got global recognition as ‘Gir Kesar’ mango after being granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. The Kesar mango is the second variety of mango in India to get GI registration after the Dussheri mango variety grown in Uttar Pradesh.“GI registration will help the farmers of Junagadh and Amreli district immensely. From now onwards, no other Kesar mango variety, grown in other parts of Gujarat like Kutch, Valsad...can be sold as ‘Gir Kesar’ mango,” the Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) Vice-Chancellor, Mr N.C. Patel, told PTI.     

Pre-harvest bagging of fruits, a simple step to get higher prices for mangoes

Jul 12, 2011

For the production of quality mango fruits free from attacks of fruit fly, sooty mold, bruises, damage by birds and post-harvest diseases like anthracnose, stem end rot and black rot, the developing fruits should be bagged a month prior to the harvest with brown paper bags. This simple approach also ensures uniform ripening of fruits after harvest without any blemishes and with attractive colouration and appeal. The shelf life of such fruits is also enhanced by two to three days under ambient conditions of storage.     

India: Himachal Government issue directive to procure Mango under MIS

Jul 08, 2011

Himachal Government has issued order for implementation of Market Intervention Scheme for Mango fruit in Himachal Pradesh during the year 2011. Under the Scheme 300 MT seedling varieties and 200 MT grafted varieties of mangoes will be procured and procurement price will be Rs. 4.60 per kg for seedling and Rs. 5.25 per kg for grafted mango varieties. Handling charges to the procurement agencies will be Rs. 1.30 per kg.     

Delhi show brings together mango-growers and processors under one roof

Jul 04, 2011

Delhi Tourism’s yearly festival to celebrate India’s position as the biggest producer of mangoes in the world, kicked off at Delhi Haat, New Delhi, on Friday. The three-day event is being organised in association with Department of Tourism, Government of NCT of Delhi, Incredible India, APEDA and National Horticulture Board. Sheila Dikshit, chief minister, Delhi, inaugurated the show. Interestingly, “while for mango-growers and mango processors, the festival offers a common platform to view the latest in the field and exchange information, it has made available a unique combination of traditional and rural market showcasing India’s diverse cultural heritage of crafts, art, handloom and cuisines all under one roof,” informed Dr D K Tandon, principal scientist, Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Maliabad, Lucknow, while speaking to FnB News.     

India to double mango exports

Jun 30, 2011

India, the largest producer of mangoes in the world, plans measures to double its fresh mango exports, a top government official said. In this regard the country is working on infrastructure development and also establishing linkage of production hub with markets that will help improve its export competitiveness. “The linkage of production hub with markets will help to get better prices for its produce to producer and it will also encourage the producer to produce more qualify products,” A.S. Rawat, General Manager, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, told Khaleej Times in an exclusive interview in Dubai on Wednesday.     

India: Mangoes in every season will soon be a reality

Jun 28, 2011

Indians may soon be able to relish fresh mangoes seven months in a year. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is working on a project to produce mangoes in different parts of the country in different seasons. “Climatic conditions vary across India which can help us produce mangoes seven months a year. We get the harvest of mangoes in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu in November, in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra in January-February and in north India in June-July,” said H P Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture) of ICAR, while speaking to media before the inaugural of the ‘Global conference on augmenting production and utilisation of mango: Biotic and abiotic stresses’ in Lucknow on Tuesday.     

Indian mango still not allowed into US

Jun 27, 2011

Five years after end of export ban, mangoes from Andhra Pradesh are yet to reach the US Banginapally mangoes from southeastern India cannot be exported to the US because the state of Andhra Pradesh does not have an irradiation facility. Five years after former US president George W. Bush declared, 'I want my fellow Americans to eat these mangoes,' his countrymen are yet to taste fruit from a state that accounts for 4-6 per cent of total Indian exports.     

Rs 10.40 crore given as subsidy to mango growers

Jun 27, 2011

The government has offered Rs 10.40 crore as subsidy through National Horticulture Mission (NHM) to the farmers in Krishnagiri district in the past four years seriously aiming to promote mango cultivation in 5,479 hectares, said Collector C N Maheswaran. Inaugurating 19 th All India Mango Exhibition in Krishnagiri on Wednesday, he said a subsidy of Rs 22,500 was given per acre of mango field under the NHM. He said the government has been offering Rs 15,000 as subsidy per hectare to replant age-old mango plantations to increase the yield. The farmers have taken up mango cultivation in 40,426 hectares in the district and were producing around 2.92 lakh tonnes of fruits every year. On an average, he said the yield ratio in the mangroves of Krishnagiri district stood at 7.2 tonnes per hectare. The farmers were fetching around Rs 17 crore through mango cultivation in the district per annum. The export varieties like Alphonso, Malgova, Imampasant and Banganapalli mangoes were being produced in the district.? Conveying that Israel has been adopting advanced technologies in the mango cultivation he suggested that the same could be followed in the district too for better yield. He said the mango expo, which started on June 22 would go on till July 17. Totally 50 stalls set up by various government departments and 90 by private entrepreneurs form part of the event.     

Pakistan losing Middle East mango pulp market

Jun 27, 2011

Political unrest in the Middle East and drastic reduction in prices by India have sidelined Pakistan from the international mango pulp market, industry sources say. Value addition in the form of fruit pulp is still in its initial stages in Pakistan. Twenty-three thousand tons of mango pulp is produced every year, of which three to four thousand tons are exported. Industry sources said Pakistan exported 800 tons of mango pulp to Libya annually but civil war in that country has disrupted supplies. Thirteen containers sent to Libya four months ago have still not been cleared, causing a loss of $200,000 to a Pakistani company. No new orders are coming in.     

Lack of irradiation facilities holding up Andhra's Mango exports to US

Jun 24, 2011

I want my fellow Americans to eat these mangoes," former US president George Bush had said on his visit to the Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University in Hyderabad in 2006. Banginapally, the mango variety from Andhra Pradesh, impressed Bush for sure but nearly five years after the US lifting the 18-year ban on export of Indian mangoes, his fellow Americans are yet to taste the fruit. Andhra Pradesh, the largest producer of mangoes in the country, has not been able to send fresh fruit to the US as the state does not have an irradiation facility.     

Mango export to US becoming difficult: Pakistan

Jun 23, 2011

United States at one side has allowed its traders to import mangoes from Pakistan but at the same time has put so many conditions that it doesn’t seem viable to do business as they are reluctant to take any risk in importing mangoes from Pakistan. USDA/APHIS has a very long and extensive requirements and regulations. These rules and regulations show a lot of risk factors that may effect negatively on the possibility of importing mangoes from Pakistan as a viable business. Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, a subsidiary of USDA have only approved Sadex Corporation for the Irradiation of Pakistani mangoes once they arrived in US. Sadex are not willing to be flexible. APHIS has granted 8 permits to US buyers and almost all the importers are reluctant to take that risk that the business doesn’t look feasible to them.     

Global conference on production & use of mango begins today in Lucknow

Jun 21, 2011

An international event on Augmenting Production and Utilisation of Mango: Biotic and Abiotic Stresses is being organised today by Society for Development of Subtropical Horticulture along with Lucknow-based Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), a constituent of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and International Society for Horticultural Science, Belgium(ISHS). The four-day (June 21-24, 2011) event will be attended by union minister of state for agriculture and food processing industries Harish Rawat. The event will feature Mango Expo-2011 to showcase mango varieties from different regions of India, technological innovations and stalls from input supplying firms, agencies and institutions.     

4-day global mango meet from June 21

Jun 20, 2011

Scientists, academicians and mango workers will deliberate on augmenting production and utilisation of mango at Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture (CISH) during a four-day global conference from June 21 to 24. The conference will focus on 'mango for healthcare and livelihood'. India has more than 1,000 mango varieties growing. It tops the list of countries producing mango in terms of both area and production. However, productivity here is low when compared to countries like Brazil, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico, Bangladesh and China.     

Pakistan losing Middle East mango pulp market

Jun 17, 2011

Political unrest in the Middle East and drastic reduction in prices by India have sidelined Pakistan from the international mango pulp market, industry sources say. Value addition in the form of fruit pulp is still in its initial stages in Pakistan. Twenty-three thousand tons of mango pulp is produced every year, of which three to four thousand tons are exported. Industry sources said Pakistan exported 800 tons of mango pulp to Libya annually but civil war in that country has disrupted supplies. Thirteen containers sent to Libya four months ago have still not been cleared, causing a loss of $200,000 to a Pakistani company. No new orders are coming in.     

India Global conference on augumenting production and Uitilization of mango

Jun 16, 2011

Mango, the most important fruit crop referred as 'King of fruits', presents both rich genetic diversity as well as choice of varieties and is closely associated with rich cultural and traditional heritage in India. There is growing appreciation for the fruit across the globe due to its medicinal and nutraceutical properties since pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin-A, polyphenols, carotenoids, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Fruits contain certain phenolic compounds with powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties.     

German households bought more mangos than ever in first quarter

Jun 15, 2011

German households bought 9% more mango's during the first quarter of this year than in the first quarter of 2010. The number of purchases was even higher than ever before, as concluded by the German market information bureau AMI. The increase was only caused by the very large purchase volumes in the month of March. The large purchases were combined with relatively low prices. With an average of euro 1,63/kg the average purchase price was way below that of March 2010, when the consumer paid euro 2,47/kg on average.     

VHT condition bars Pak mango entry in Japan

Jun 14, 2011

Pakistan will not be able to export mangoes to Japan, at least for the current season, officials said. “Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) of the fruit is the basic condition of the Japanese authorities to allow import of Pakistani mangoes,” an official close to the mater told The News. “Although Japan has lifted its 16-year old ban on Pakistani mangoes, the VHT condition remains intact,” he said. There is no VHT plant of commercial level in Pakistan, the official said. The VHT plant in Karachi, set up with Japanese assistance, has limited capacity of treating up to 25 kilograms of mangoes at a time, and therefore it is not feasible for processing export shipments.     

India: Theni mango growers expect bumper yield

Jun 13, 2011

Theni (Southern Tamil Nadu) mango growers are in a jubilant mood as they are expecting a bumper yield and a reasonable price for their produce this season, thanks to sufficient rainfall at the right time and conducive weather through out this summer.Southern part of Tamil Nadu Mangoes of different varieties are being cultivated across over 6,000 hectares in the district. Periakulam and nearby areas are the major mango producing centres. Mangoes are also being cultivated in some pockets of Bodinayakkanur, Thevaram and Cumbum, Cumbum Anumanthampatti in Cumbum valley.     

US: Importers support mango board’s assessment hike

Jun 07, 2011

An informal survey of mango importers showed support for the assessment increase for the National Mango Board. While none of the half-dozen people interviewed expressed strong reservations about the assessment increase, a couple of importers said that the rationale behind the increase needs to be explained a bit better to the grower community. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, as required by law, which would increase the assessment rate on fresh mangos by 50 percent to three-quarters of a cent per pound from one-half cent per pound. The resulting dollars would be used to fund the board and its activities.     

Mexico: Manila mango suffers from drought and damages the industry

Jun 03, 2011

Due to a drought in the fields of the region, the Manila mango production, coming from Veracruz, did not have good size or consistency, so it got a low price, meaning it can't compete with products coming from the South of the country. Ramón Gómez Narváez, secretary general for the Unión de Comerciantes of the March 18th market, pointed that due to its consistency, consumers look for a better quality fruit, since the region from where it comes, with a better climate, present better quality standards.     

Indian mango growers to seize malaysian market

Jun 02, 2011

India, the world's largest mango exporter, planned to expand its market share in Malaysia this year after exports were forecast to hit 70,000 tonnes this season. After a pre-season fear of mango production could dip this year, mainly the delicious Alphonso variety, due to extreme winter last year and non seasonal rain, growers are now optimistic that exports would not dwindle.     

India may export 70,000 tn of mangoes this yr: APEDA

May 25, 2011

India's mango exports are expected to rise marginally to 70,000 tonne this year on expectation of better availability of the export-quality fruit, according to the agri-export promotion body APEDA. The country is estimated to have exported 65,000 tonne of mangoes in the 2010 season (March-July), the provisional official data showed. "The mango export season has just begun. We expect the total outbound shipments to touch 70,000 tonne this year," a senior official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) said.     

Pakistan: Sindh’s mangoes available in market, but at forbidden price

May 24, 2011

Mangoes from Sindh interior have are on the market, but it is being sold at prices higher than the previous year, Geo News reported. The traders of Karachi Sabzi Mandi told Geo News that Sindh’s mangoes, which among other varieties included Sindhri, have been brought to markets for sale and are being sold at Rs60-70 per kilo in retail, while the same quality mangoes were being sold previous year at Rs30-40 per kilo.     

Mexico: Exports mango to the most demanding markets

May 13, 2011

Although mango prices remain below expectations, Colima production has increased to extend exports, around 50 million boxes are exported to the U.S., Canadian, European and Japanese markets, said the packer José Anguiano Negrete. He added that thanks to the quality of the fruit, there are serious possibilities of increasing exports in 2011 to 5 million more boxes. He explained that this season between 400 and 500 containers with mango are being sent from Tecomán to Canada, each one is traded between US$10,000 and US$12,000.     

US: Proposed rule to increase fresh mango assessment published by USDA

May 12, 2011

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published a proposed rule and is requesting comments for a proposed increase in the assessment rate on fresh mangos. The proposal is to increase the assessment rate by ¼ cent per pound (from ½ cent per pound to ¾ cent per pound). The assessment rate may be modified by USDA as specified in the Mango Promotion, Research and Information Order, which governs the operations of the National Mango Board (NMB).     

APEDA to promote sea shipment of mangoes

May 11, 2011

In a bid to help mango exporters, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has recently decided to encourage sea shipment of mangoes. This was informed by an official from Apeda to FnB News over telephone. According to the official, the Authority had developed a sea shipment protocol in 2009 and with the onset of mango season this year, a need for such shipment adapting to the protocol was realised.     

Pakistani mangoes to make debut in US market

May 09, 2011

The United States is likely to import around 500,000 tons of mangoes from Pakistan this year, while Pakistani exporters have been advised to fulfil the packing requirements of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), a statement said on Friday. “All importer companies in US will have their permits by the fourth week of May from APHIS - the United States Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service,” said Harvest Tradings Chief Executive Ahmad Jawad in the statement. Jawad, a leading fresh produce exporter, said that the US authorities would strictly monitor Pakistani mangoes debut in their home market.     

Pakistani mangoes export to USA still waiting for some protocols

Apr 29, 2011

Mango Export to USA in collaboration with related institutions like MINFA (Ministry of Food & Agriculture), NAPHIS (National Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service), DPP in Pakistan and USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), APHIS in the United States. Still some documentation is pending from the Government of Pakistan before APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) can begin to issue compliance agreements then Permits; told by Ahmad Jawad CEO-Harvest Tradings.     

Alphonso sales in the US growing at 25-30% since 2007

Apr 25, 2011

Over the past four years, the Alphonso has climbed up the popularity charts among imported varieties of mangoes in the US and European markets. In fact, such is the sales growth of the fruit in the US market that it has been witnessing a steady 25 to 30 per cent per annum rise since 2007. Vinod Kaul, an official of APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority), explains to FnB News, "We have seen a tremendous growth of around 25-30 per cent in the Alphonso export market, after the US agreed to lift its ban on the import of mangoes in 2007."     

India: Mango farmers rejoice over bumper crop in Uttarakhand

Apr 19, 2011

Mango farmers in Uttarakhand's Haldwani district are happy as bumper crop this year will yield them good profit. Farmers said if the climatic conditions remain favourable throughout the season then the production of the crop would cross 13,000 metric tonnes. "This time the crop will be very good. Trees are loaded with mangoes. If weather would support it, then there will be bumper crop. We expect good rates from the government for the fruit ," said Ravindra Sharma. "This time there is a bumper mango crop because we have sprayed medicines in time, and weather conditions have also supported the crop. We pray to God that climatic conditions will remain favourable throughout the season so that we can get good and healthy crop," said Chandra Shekhar.     

India: Horticulturists predict bumper mango crop

Apr 13, 2011

Good news awaits mango lovers in the coming months. If predictions of the horticulture department proves true, varieties of mango are going to be available in huge quantity in the market. Despite the recent hailstorm which caused a loss of 30-40 per cent to the crop, the department is hopeful of huge production. Insects, pests and diseases which damage crops are not visible this time. In-charge of horticulture mission Jyoti Kumar Singh said on Monday that the mango trees are considered to be `alternate bearer' as after a good crop in a year no proper flowering takes place next year. The year 2008-09 was an `off season' for mango crops and good crop was expected in 2009-10. The flowering, pollination and fruit setting had also taken place as per the calculation in 2010. But due to surprise rise in temperature in the last 10 days of March and adverse effect of insects, pests and diseases, massive loss was caused to the mango crop last year.     

Gujarat keen to replace calcium carbide with ethylene gas for mango ripening

Apr 12, 2011

With the upcoming mango season, the Gujarat Food & Drug Control Administration (FDCA) is determined to curb the use of calcium carbide for fruits ripening, particularly mangoes, in the state, as the chemical is believed to have harmful effect on human health. In a one-day training programme on “Awareness on fruit ripening using scientific and legal methods,” organised by the FDCA for wholesale fruit merchants, retailers and other stakeholders, the premier law enforcement agency for food and drugs, encouraged the manufacturers to use ethylene gas as an alternative to calcium carbide. The programme was attended by around 150 participants.     

Weather reins in India mango crop

Apr 06, 2011

India has revised downwards its official mango crop forecast due to lingering cool weather, Yahoo news reports.National mango volumes are estimated to rise by only 7 per cent this season above last year's level, and not increase by 25 per cent as previously predicted, Bijay Kumar, managing director of India's National Horticulture Board (NHB), said.Lingering cool temperatures and hailstorms are likely to affect fruiting, bringing production down to almost last year's level, he said.     

Mango exports : Delay in documentation hinders process

Mar 31, 2011

Government departments have yet to finish the documentation process required for the export of mangoes to the United States, which, exporters fear, may delay the scheduled first-ever export of the fruit to the US. According to details, several legal requirements have to be fulfilled to meet the criteria set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Once these necessities are met, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an offshoot of USDA, will issue compliance agreements and permits to the importers of Pakistani mangoes.     

Mexico: Implementing technology to produce organic mango

Mar 30, 2011

In the framework of the XIV National Congress of the Mexican Society of Horticultural Science, A.C., supported by Produce Sinaloa Fundation (FPS), A.C., in coordination with the Center for Food Research and Development (CIAD), Jesús Valero Garza of the Santiago Ixcuintla Experimental Camp of the National Institute of Research of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock, will present the results of his project- Transfer of Technology for Organic Mango Production- in the state of Nayarit.The researcher will present the advantages of implementing an organic system, its positive impact, both in production and in the environment, as well as the economic benefits that such a system could mean for the producers; contrasting the benefits resulted under a system of organic production with the results achieved with traditional methods.     

Mango production may rise only marginally this year

Mar 28, 2011

Mango production in India is likely to be only marginally higher — by about 7% — at 16,122.8 lakh tonnes this year due to lingering cool weather, a senior government official said."We expect the total mango production to go up by 7% at 16,122.8 lakh tonnes, compared to the last year. But it is too early to predict the actual production," National Horticulture Board (NHB) managing director Bijay Kumar told Press Trust of India.     

India: Mango prices to stay high due to short supply

Mar 25, 2011

Wholesale mango traders at the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) market in Vashi said on Wednesday that as supplies of the golden fruit have been 25% less, rates will not decrease as the summer season progresses. Sanjay Pansare, the APMC director of the fruit market, told TOI: "Unlike last year, mango supplies this season are 25% less, which is why the prices are likely to remain high and steady.     

Exporting mango to US is sour experience: Rahul Khullar

Mar 21, 2011

Exporting mango to the United States is now turning out to be a bitter experience, Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar has said."Over the last 2-3 years, roughly about $2 million worth of mangoes have been exported to the United States," Khullar told a group of Indian journalists yesterday. A sizeable chunk of this – 14% – is spent on radiation checks by US inspectors, which not only bumps up the cost but also slows the entire export process, he added.     

Kesar mango to arrive only in May

Mar 14, 2011

The Kesar mango will arrive in markets only in mid-May , with bad weather delaying the crop by a month. Major mango-growing regions in Gujarat ? Talala, Vanthli, Mendarada and Una ? have witnessed delayed flowering due to a bad climate and blossom midge infestation.     

Pakistan: First mango shipment to US by June

Mar 08, 2011

Pakistan has succeeded in mango diplomacy with the United States and its first shipment of mangoes will arrive in the US in May or June this year. The shipment will be sent by air and will first go to an irradiation treatment centre in Iowa. After treatment, the fruit will be shipped to cities with a large Pakistani-American population, according to a press release issued on Friday.     

India: No rain damage, mango growers happy for now

Mar 04, 2011

Mango growers are a lucky lot. They need not worry about unprecedented rain.Usually this time of the year is flowering season for mango crop. But this year, there is a delay in flowering and hence the farmers are spared from rain loss. The horticulture department is taking precautionary steps to minimize the effect of rain on the crop.     

Peru mango exporters seek new niche in U.S. market

Nov 18, 2010

Members of the Association of Mango Exporters (APEM) want to open a new segment in the U.S. market by sending bigger mangoes between 1.4 pounds (650 grams) and 1.7 pounds (750 grams), said Juan Carlos Rivera, general manager of the group, according to Peruvian agricultural news website According to the website, Rivera said that the group is currently conducting laboratory tests with Peru’s agricultural safety agency, SENASA, that will be presented to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They would supply fresh, precut mangoes to supermarkets, hotels and restaurants.     

India: African apple mango to make its debut in Gujarat

Nov 18, 2010

Have you ever heard of a fruit that looks like a big apple, but tastes like a mango? Gujarat is set to get this big-sized fruit - apple mango - in near future. Apple mango, a famous mango variety of Africa, which has a hard skin like apple, will be available in local markets if the experiments at a few agricultural universities of the state are successful. It would have the sweetness, flavour, fragrance of kesar or alphanso and size, skin and colour of an apple mango of Kenya.     

Australian mangoes are now being exported direct to South Korea under new quarantine protocols that have opened up the market.

Nov 16, 2010

Australian mangoes are now being exported direct to South Korea under new quarantine protocolsthat have opened up the market. Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin said the first commercial shipment of Australian mangoes to South Korea was exported by Queensland company Manbulloo Ltd in a landmark achievement for Queensland and Australian mango growers. “The Queensland Government has been partnering with mango producers, exporters and interstate and national agencies as part of its Global Markets Initiative to improve the export capacity of mango businesses,” Mr Mulherin said. “After many years of negotiation and planning to ensure all of the market protocols are met, we now have access to the South Korean market. “In 2009-10 we saw mango exports increase 25 per cent, with Australia exporting 4000 tonnes of mangoes valued at $15 million, with approximately 80 per cent from Queensland based companies. “Now that we have access to the South Korean market we will see further increases to our mango exports.