State Marketing Minister, Harshvardhan Patil, addressing a press conference on Sunday, said that Indian mangoes have carved out a place in the US, Japan and China and the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) plans to export about 2,000 metric tonnes of mangoes to these countries in the next season.
“The Board has already started discussions with mango exporters. Also we are working on improving the quality of the produce. We expect export of 500 metric tonnes to Japan, 1,000 metric tonnes to the US and another 300-400 metric tonnes to China,” said Patil.
Along with the existing four export oriented units in Jalna, Ratnagiri, Navi Mumbai and Devgad, the State government is planning two more units in Kudal, Sindhudurg and another in Aurangabad. “With two more units in place, exports are expected to rise to 5,000 metric tonnes,” Patil said.
He added that MSAMB plans to organise a mango festivals in Japan, with the help of local importers. With a view to encourage farmers to fetch a better price for their produce and implement finance schemes, the MSAMB has recently demanded Rs 100 crores from NABARD, Patil said.
Meanwhile exporters demanded that the MSAMB should put in more efforts to provide basic infrastructure like transportation. “The biggest hurdle in the export of mangoes is its transportation and the lack of facilities. All mangoes to be sent to the US have to undergo iradiation at a facility in Lasalgaon, which consumes time and money,” said exporter Parag Gandhi.