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Mango exports from India to remain low this year, say growers in India
Thursday, 11 April, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
Contrary to the expectations of the APEDA officials, the mango growers in India feel that this years’ mango export will remain low. The Mango Growers’ Association of India has predicted a steep downfall in this years’ mango production, particularly in the largest mango-producing state of India, Uttar Pradesh.

Insram Ali, president, president Mango Growers’ Association of India, said that the production of the seasonal varieties of mangoes shall decline this year due to the weather conditions that has been prevailing in the region.

“The flowering of mango trees has not happened the way we expected, and this could result in an approximately 30 per cent dip in production of the mangoes. In some cases, it can go further. But overall, we are expecting a 25-35 per cent decline in the production of mangoes in Uttar Pradesh alone,” he said, adding that this meant that the production of mangoes in the state can be around 25-30 lakh metric tonne against the production of last year, when it was 45 lakh metric tonne.

Ali stated that the reports from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh also presented weak pictures of the mango production. He said in Maharashtra, the production could also drop to about 25 per cent this year.

Exporters in Gujarat, who export the Kesar variety of mango, also felt that due to the weather conditions, the production is likely to be affected.

Meanwhile, according to the reports, APEDA is expecting an increment in mango exports by 10 per cent, stating that the agency has deployed several initiatives to capture the markets in several countries that include the US, the EU (European Union) and West Asia.

Last year, Indian mango exports declined by 11 per cent, and could fetch only $59 milllion as revenue. It was $67 million in 2016-17. The UAE accounted for 48 per cent of the Indian exports, with revenue of $28 million. This was followed by the UK with 12 per cent ($7.4million) and Saudi Arabia, which was third, with six per cent ($3.4 million).

Qatar and the USA remained at the fourth and fifth spot, respectively, for Indian mango exports, with $3.1 million and $2.8 million.

Ali said that the association of mango growers doubted the efficacy of the promotion, as several issues remained unmoved on the ground. These included food safety norms in developed markets and the freight charges that Indian exporters bear while exporting the mangoes from the farms to their destinations.

“We have advantage in export of certain varieties like Alphonso, but the general varieties get affected by higher cost per kg. Pakistani mangoes are giving us competition in the international market due to the lower per kg price. We have put forth the demand that freight subsidy should be given to the exporters for a few years, but to no avail,” he said.
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