Banaganapalle mangoes, one of the most popular and finest varieties of mango from Andhra Pradesh, has been given the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration Certificate by the GI Registry, Chennai. The Andhra Pradesh government is now the registered proprietor of the GI tag for mangoes, often hailed as ‘the king of fruits’. The Banaganapalle mangoes have gained wide acceptability throughout the globe due to its unique characteristics in aroma, taste, shape, size and appearance.
The application for the Banaganapalle Mangoes was filed by the Horticulture Development Agency, represented by commissioner of horticulture, the government of Andhra Pradesh, and was facilitated by Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre (APTDC) of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). According to the AP horticulture department, about 5,500 tonne of Banaganapalle mangoes are exported annually to the US and UK. The primary centre of origin of the fruit is Kurnool district, comprising Banaganapalle, Paanyam and Nandyal mandals. The government has also listed Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy, Medak and Adilabad districts in Telangana as secondary centres of origin.
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The GI indicates products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Once product is registered as GI, no producer can claim the same name, which is covered by a GI tag, without taking consent from the applicant. Banaganapalle mangoes have been grown for over 100 years in Andhra Pradesh. It also known as Beneshan, Baneshan, Benishan, Chappatai and Safeda.
The agro-climatic and geographical conditions prevailing in Banaganapalle and adjoining areas of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have given the unique characteristic to the fruit for more than 100 years. The prominent characteristic of ‘Banaganapalle mangoes’ is that their skin has very light spots, stone is oblong in shape and having very thin seed with sparse and soft fibre all over and having forked veins, which are prominently raised over the surface of the seed.