The king of fruits is fast expanding its base to foreign shores. This year, some of the countries where mangoes are much in demand include countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Amsterdam and United States.
Mango cultivators from across the country who have come to the Capital to participate in the ongoing 19th Mango Festival at Talkatora Stadium said this year mango export has shown a 40 per cent increase compared to last year.
“Earlier, bulk of mangoes was exported only to Saudi Arabia and UAE, but now even European countries are placing their orders. The export of Alphonso to United States has given a huge boost to this agro-based industry. Recently, potential buyers from Amsterdam contacted us,” said Nadeem Siddiqui, a mango cultivator from Amroha, Uttar Pradesh.
The fruit has also found popularity in countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. “Dusseheri, Langra and Chausa are becoming household names in countries like Singapore and Malaysia. Exporters are giving us orders for mangoes like Amrapali, Totapuri and lesser-known varieties like Guncho Badhel and Rataul,” said Siddiqui.
Cultivators said the quality of the Indian mangoes has also helped in generating exports and other than Alphonso, north Indian varieties have also started gaining popularity in the international market. “Foreigners are now getting a taste of mangoes from Malihabad and Muzaffarnagar,” said Farookh Ali, a mango cultivator from Muzaffarnagar.
According to Ali, the quality of the Indian mangoes has also helped in generating exports. The processing and the packaging process have also improved with time. Fazle Ali, another cultivator from Muzaffarnagar said, “Foreigners have started to recognise and appreciate the different varieties of mangoes. Earlier they just wanted fruits, which were yellow and sweet. Our quality is anyway far better than that of many other countries.”
Cultivators now want the government to subsidise the processing and freight charges, which has stopped many people from venturing into exports.