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FRUITS & VEGETABLE

Mumbai to host two-day RBSM to promote mango & tropical fruit exports
Monday, 14 May, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Mumbai will host the second Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet (RBSM), which will commence on May 15, 2018 and be aimed at promoting the exports of mangoes and other tropical fruits and processed products like pomegranate, pineapple, bananas and jackfruit from India and developing new markets for the promotion of these fruits and products.

The two-day meet, organised by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be inaugurated by Rita A Teaotia, commerce secretary, Government of India.
 
D K Singh, chairman, APEDA, said, “Fifty buyers and importers from 20 countries, including Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Bahrain Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Israel, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, are joining the meet.”

He added, “Thirteen state horticulture departments and 36 major and small fruit exporters shall be displaying mangoes, other tropical fruits and their processed products. Arrangements have been made for the wet sampling of mangoes.”

“The buyers joining from various countries will be taken for an escorted tour of the post-harvest treatment facilities, such as irradiation facility, hot water dip and vapour heat treatment at APEDA/National Plant Protection Organisation- (NPPO) recognised pack house in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, as a trust-building exposure visit to demonstrate India’s preparedness for export of pest- and disease-free produce,” Singh said.

He added, “It is highly encouraging for us to note and share that there is increasing acceptance of horticulture produce and exports from the country. In 2016-17, India exported fresh fruits and vegetables worth $1.6 billion and processed fruits and vegetables worth $1.1 billion to over 40 countries. The total export of mangoes and mango pulp from India was 59.22 thousand tonne, and 1,35,621.22 metric tonne, valued at $66.94 million and $129.29 million, respectively, in 2016-17.”

Singh said, “Concerted efforts have been made by the government as well as the private sector towards concurrent developments in the areas of cold chain infrastructure and pack houses with state-of-the-art technology and quality assurance measures such as hot water and vapour heat treatment and irradiation; setting up of centres for perishable cargo at airports, integrated post-harvest handling facilities, capacity building initiatives at the farm level and with processors and exporters has also contributed towards export development.”

“A unique product identification system, compliant to the traceability, networking and residue monitoring plan has been developed for the consumer safety and readiness to product recall in case of any emergency,” he added.

Anil Khaitan, president, PHD Chamber, said that on account of India’s agro climate, the country has a natural advantage of being able to produce varieties of fruits and vegetables, and that too, with extended availability in markets.

“Events such as RBSMs and focused marketing and export promotion initiatives in foreign fairs and countries to promote Indian produce are critical strategies for winning the trust of foreign buyers and to ensure a secure place for India as a reliable supplier of fruits and vegetables to the world,” he added.

“I am sure the event will result in giving a further fillip to the exports of processed and fresh fruits and vegetables from the country and ensuring that new markets open up, and besides Alphonso and Kesar, other varieties grown in the northern states, like Langda, Dussehri, Totapuri, Chausa, Sindoori, etc. will also get visibility,” Khaitan said.

He added that there should be an endeavour to make Indian mangoes a household name in as many countries of the world and in a short time.
 
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