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Japan may beat US in mango race

Despite Bush's assurance of opening doors for Indian mangoes, Americans will have to wait for atleast 18 months to taste the king of fruits.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 15:11 IST

Despite US President George W Bush's assurance of opening doors for Indian mangoes, Americans will have to wait for at least 18 months to taste the king of fruits even as Japan readies to give it entry by June.

Japanese officials would be here later this month to sort out the contentious issues of Pest Risk Analysis with their Indian counterparts, official sources said.

While major issues had been sorted out only certain minor ones were remaining and were expected to be addressed, paving the way for Japanese to get the mangoes from this season itself.

However, officials said, these formalities would be over only by June and only late varieties like Chausa will be exported.

With Japan the major issue had been that of pests like the fruit flies. Infact, Japan earlier allowed the fruit in its market but went on to put a ban on the fruit's entry.

Where US is concerned, India had requested for a Pest Risk Analysis for the Indian Mango under US Sanitary and Phyto Sanitry laws, 19 years ago.

The PRA is the necessary step under which importng country suggests the methodology for making the fruit or vegetable or seed pest free.

The PRA is carried out under the Quarantine laws followed by a country. The US is expected to take atleast 18 months in completing the whole process, as a result of which Americans will miss out two mango seasons in India, they said.

India, which accounts for world's 40 per cent mango production at 11 million tonnes, exports about Rs 85 crore worth of this fruit.

New Delhi has also sought entry for the mango from Australia negotiations with which are also on on the issue.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 15:11 IST