Government. looking to export 5,000 tons of mangoes

Fresh fruit and pulp are exported to Middle Eastern countries, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the USA and Japan

The horticultural department has set itself the ambitious goal of exporting 5,000 tons of mangoes to various destinations around the world this year.

In the 2017/18 financial year, 248.01 tons of fresh fruit were exported by various agencies from Andhra Pradesh. In 2018, ‘Panukulamanu’, the slightly less sweet mango variety, was exported to Germany, where it was well received.

In addition, Suvarnarekha mangoes were exported to South Korea for two years.

In 2018, 2.5 tons of Suvarnarekha were exported to Germany. In the same year 1,471 tons of Benishan and Alphonso were exported to different countries.

In addition, 82,500 tons of Bangolora and Alphonso mango pulps were exported to the pulp industry in Algeria, the Netherlands, Austria and Western Asia.

The department set a target of 3,000 tons last year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected exports.

When contacted, the horticultural commissioner SS Sreedhar announced that fresh mangoes and mango pulp from the districts of Krishna, Chittoor, Vizianagaram and West Godavari are being exported to countries in the Middle East, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the USA and Japan .

The department recently organized a buyers and sellers meeting as part of the initiatives to promote exports from the state.

The aim of the meeting is to create a common platform for interaction between buyers and sellers of mango in order to promote marketing for national and international destinations from Andhra Pradesh, thereby enabling farmers to achieve higher results, he says.

Drawing on the experience of the past few years, the joint director of horticulture (fruits), M. Venkateswarlu, said that efforts to promote fruits from Andhra Pradesh had produced good results. “The VHT (Vapor Heat Treatment) facility in Tirupati is the only VHT in the country that meets export quality requirements,” he said.

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