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Eighty countries relish Indian mangoes, US yet to get a taste

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, July 23 (UNI) As many as 80 countries of the world are relishing Indian mangoes, but the US is still to get a taste of the 'king of fruits', as the ban on its import has not yet been lifted despite President Bush's announcement six months ago.

Under the Indo-US agreement in the agriculture sector, the Indian mangoes were expected to be part of the American platter from this season.

The demand for Indian mangoes is increasing by the day and no longer confined to the Alphonso variety from Goa and Maharashtra.

Instead, Uttar Pradesh's 'Chausa' and 'Langra' have also created a sizable market for them overseas.

People abroad have now developed a taste for the 'Maliabad' variety of mangoes from Lucknow;'Dushehri' and 'Ratol' form Meerut areas; and 'Kesar'from Gujarat.

So far, India has exported 60,000 tonne of mangoes. The bigger consignments have gone to Asian countries including Bangladesh, Agricultural Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) Chairman K S Money told UNI last evening.

The first ever shipment of four tonnes of Indian mangoes of six varieties including Chausa and Langra was disptached to Japan on June 26 this year from Mumbai.

But the consignment hit a roadblock with the rejection by the Japanese as 80 per cent of the lot had developed black spots due to rains and other reasons.

Similarly, India is finding difficulties in exporting mangoes to China- partly because of that country's strict norms and partly because of quality considerations.

Mr Money said domestic production of mangoes was on the rise but the quality aspect was not being given due attention which posed obstacles in exporting the produce.

He deplored that some big exporting companies had failed to arrange the production of quality mangoes as per their earlier promise. This restricted the expected growth mangoes export, he added.

However, Mr Money said, arrangements were being made for taking the UP mangoes directly to Mumbai for export.

UNI JSS RA KN1323

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