Around 70 tonne of Indian mangoes, which underwent heat treatment, have found their way to European markets this season, top officials of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) said.
Mango exports, however, may be hit to the tune of 30-40% because of the unseasonal rainfall affecting the quality, exporters said.
While the market to Mauritius has already opened from this season, the South Korean delegation is expected to visit Mumbai next week to conduct inspections of available facilities, said Sudhanshu, general manager (western region), Apeda.
Although Apeda offered support and agreed to finance 90% of expenses for the stay of the Japanese Quarantine Inspector, the plan has been postponed for the time being because of the required response has not been coming from exporters, Sudhanshu said, adding that a few more exporters had expressed readiness to export
Senior officials from the National Plant Protection Organisation (NPPO) said that exports have begun from this week and therefore it will be difficult to give a quantum number.
Indian exporters will now have to give their products ‘hot water treatment’ before exporting them to the European market. NPPO has now made it mandatory for mangoes to undergo this treatment before they are given phytosanitary certificates.
At least three tonne of mangoes are being treated at the vapour heat treatment facility on a daily basis which has begun functioning from March 24, an official said. Every exporter has been given slots for 500 kg and on a daily basis some 12-15 exporters get their products processed here, he said.
In addition to the existing facility at Vashi in Navi Mumbai, an additional facility at Goregaon will become operational from Thursday. Two more private facilities — Ruchi Exports and KBL Exports — have started functioning and three more are expected to become operational soon in Maharashtra, Sudhanshu said
Top officials from the State Horticulture Department had already indicated that 45,000 tonne of mangoes are expected to be exported this season. Around 2,500 mango growers from Maharashtra have registered themselves on ‘Mangonet’ the new online initiative begun by Apeda to be eligible for export. Around 41,230 tonne of mango were exported last year.
According to Apeda officials, mangoes will be exported to New Zealand, Japan and Australia, among other markets.This year, the government has hired the services of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Board of Radiation & Isotope Technology.