(MENAFN- KNN India)
West Bengal strives to double Mango exports this season
Kolkata, Mar 24 (KNN) The State Department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture (FPI&H) in West Bengal has set an aim to export as many as 75 varieties of mangoes this year.
The exports of the summer fruit will be dominated by Malda and Murshidabad districts.
Last year about 34 mango varieties were exported to different countries abroad.
A senior official of State FPI&H department said that as India is celebrating its 75 years of Independence this year, so we have planned to export 75 types of fruits.
“We have already held a meeting with the growers and the exporters of mangoes in association with APEDA (The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) which oversees the export. We are expecting that by the first week of June, consignments will be ready for export,” said the official.
Samanta Layek, deputy director of the Horticulture department in Malda, said that Qatar, Bahrain and some Middle East countries cherish the different varieties of mangoes that are exported from Bengal.
Mangoes grown in Malda are the most abundant while in terms of variety Murshidabad tops among the districts.
As many as 30 mango varieties from Malda have already been identified for export among which three mango varieties namely Fajli, Himsagar and Lakshmanbhog that have bagged GI-tag (Geographical Indication) will be top in the list.
The other types that will be exported from Malda include Gopalbhog, Brindabani, Aswina, Rakhalbhob, Funia Molayamjam to name a few.
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