Export quantities to the US could not be ascertained at this stage, he added. The minister also informed the House that in case of Japan, six varieties of mangoes have been approved by the Quarantine Authority of Japan.
These are Alphonso and Kesar (grown in Maharashtra and Gujarat), Banganpalli (grown in Andhra Pradesh), Langra, Chausa and Mallika (grown in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. In case of the US, there is no variety specific quarantine restriction and all commercial varieties can be exported to America after irradiation, Bhuria said.
Opening of the US market for the Indian mango spells an excellent business opportunity for Indian mango producers and it is now for the Indian entrepreneurs, mango growers and trade associations to realise the fruits of the efforts of the ministry of agriculture, an official release said on Friday.