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Mango exporters from India eyeing South Korea and Iran markets this year
Thursday, 23 March, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Shraddha Joshi, Mumbai
In addition to the US, EU and Australia, this year, Indian mango exporters are eyeing markets in South Korea and Iran. This will be their first attempt at penetrating these markets.

The first batch of the fruit is scheduled to be shipped on April 5, which will be subject to approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and South Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA).

Giving details, D M Sable, additional general manager, Export Cell Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT), Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB), informed, “This year South Korea and Iran are the new export markets. First batch of the consignment will be sent in first week of April to South Korea, Japan, Australia, European Union, Iran and the US. Once we get the approval, we will send first batch of mango via air route on April 5 and via sea route on April 10.”

Explaining MSAMB’s role in streamlining exports of the fruit and the efforts taken by the board to keep ready all necessary requirements, Sable said, “We are ready with the facilities for inspection by the representative from USFDA for approval and to fine tune with norms set by US authorities that the consignments are free of pests and any other issues. MSAMB is set with registration and facilities like hot water treatment (HWT), irradiation and vapour heat treatment.”

He added that the HWT facility was started last year in Goregoan, Mumbai, to ensure safe exports. It has received good response from traders.

New Export Markets
South Korea
Dr Sudhanshu, deputy-general manager, regional head, western region, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export & Development Authority (APEDA), stated, “In 2015, South Korea had showed keen interest in importing mangoes from India and had been discussing the same with APEDA. In 2016, on pre-condition that in presence of deputed delegate the processing would be done, the consignment was not sent. The representative arrived in the month of July and only nominal export was done.This year it is pre-planned for full year and the delegate is expected to arrive in April.”
Meanwhile, APEDA's advisory for exporters, stated, “After conducting the Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), South Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA), has agreed upon importation of Indian mangoes to South Korea. VHT at fruit core temperature up to 47.5°C or higher for 20 minutes or HWT at over 48°C for 60 minutes or more as post- harvest mitigation measures for the quarantine concern pests to their country.”

Talking about Iran market, Sudhanshu said, “Even though Iran is new market for mango exports this year, the decision over it is yet to finalise. We have invited the delegation which is set to arrive in the month of April to provide final approval so that we initiate further process. Few exporters have shown their interest towards New Zealand and Mauritius.”

Insaram Ali, president, All India Mango Growers Association, spoke on the debate over higher shipment costs to Iran. He informed, “It is yet to be confirmed that the consignments will be sent to Iran as the shipment costs are high.”

Exports of mangoes to Australia, commenced in the year 2011, with VHT as post- harvest mitigation measures from the pest-free areas of Lucknow, Saharanpur and Barabanki regions in Uttar Pradesh.
The recent advisory issued by APEDA for exporters to harness market potential of exports to Australia, stated, “Department of agricultural and water resources has accepted the Operational Work Plan (OWP) as another post-harvest quarantine mitigation measure. Australian Biosecurity Import Conditions (BICON) has permitted OWP at Krushak facility at Lasalgoan and Irradiation Facility Centre at Vashi, Navi Mumbai.”

The country's total production this year is around 1.75 lakh metric tonne of which around 4,500 lakh metric tonne of mango exports are estimated.

For this year, MSAMB has set the target of 600 metric tonne of mango irradiation on obtaining approvals from USFDA. The exports hub for mango are based at Mumbai and Delhi. The facilities for treating the produce are located at Vashi and Lucknow respectively.

Moreover, along with mango, consignments of pomegranate will be sent to the EU and the US. The consignments will be sent from Mumbai.
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