Indian mango exports - Mango consignments leaving for US & Australia

As Alphonso mangoes are in great demand in many markets abroad, they form a substantial chunk of India’s export basket. The mango export season has started in Maharashtra, with 28 tons of the fruit leaving for American and Australian shores.

Officers of the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB) said they are aiming for a 15-20 per cent increase compared to last year’s exports. This year, Board officials have set a target of 800 tons of exports for US markets.

MSAMB officials said the 28 tons of mangoes, meant for American and Australian markets, have been treated in an irradiation facility in Vashi. Similarly, 7.5 tons of mangoes for Russian and New Zealand markets have received the vapour heat treatment.

In order to facilitate exports, the MSAMB recently organised two workshops in Konkan for farmers, as well as for buyers and sellers. Workshops were also conducted on how to produce export-quality fruits.

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Exporters in India expecting to send more mangoes to the USA

India is looking at a 40% increase in mango exports to the US during the current season. The export of the fruit is likely to start from the second half of April. In order to meet all standards, it is mandatory to irradiate mangoes before exporting then to countries such as the US and Australia.

The irradiation processes take place at three locations - Nashik-based Lasalgaon irradiation centre of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Vashi Irradiation centre of Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board in Mumbai and the Bengaluru irradiation centre.

Almost 90% irradiation of mangoes for exports to the US and Australia take place at the Lasalgaon and Mumbai irradiation plants. Last year, the country had exported 1,165 tonnes of mangoes irradiated at the Lasalgaon and Mumbai centres.

"This year, we are expecting close to 40% rise in export of mangoes to both the countries. This means that we are expecting mango export of 1,500 tonnes to those two overseas countries this season," a source told

"We are expecting a quarantine inspector from the US by mid-April for inspection during the export season. Mango export to the US will begin around two-three days after this person starts inspection work here," an official from the Lasalgaon facility said.

Publication date: 3/27/2018


Australian blueberries have hit Indian shelves

The first Australian blueberries exported to India were available in Indian grocery stores last November. The commencement of exports was supported by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, on a trip to India, as part of Australia Business Week in India. Mr Hartsuyker said he was pleased the ABWI proved beneficial for Australia’s blueberry industry.

“India was our fifth-largest agricultural export market in 2016-17, with exports valued at $3.1 billion, up 475 per cent since 2011-12. Exports of blueberries will further increase the value of this market to Australia.”

The Kovai Pazhamudir Nilayam Group, established in 1965, is the first importer of Australian blueberries into India. This group serves some 30,000 customers a day.

In 2016, Australia exported $8.9 million worth of blueberries to almost 20 countries, including $4.4 million to Hong Kong. Despite this, pressure still remains on the Federal Government to push for access to the Chinese market.

According to a article, last October, the Australian Blueberry Growers’ Association said it had been made aware of positive progress toward securing market access into China for Australian grown blueberries as both governments have agreed on new horticulture market priorities, which includes blueberries and apples.

Publication date: 1/11/2018


First Australian blueberries hit Indian market

The Australian fruit industry has made a breakthrough with the country’s first exports of blueberries to the Indian market, with the berries now in Kovai Pazhamudir Nilayam (KPN) Group stores.

In a release, Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DoAWR) said KPN was one of the leading premium retailers of fruit and vegetables in southern India, serving 30,000 customers a day.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, welcomed the news, crediting support through the recent Australia Business Week in India (ABWI).

While the name of the exporter was not mentioned in the release, a key industry representative present during ABWI was OzGroup’s Kamaldeep Singh Clair, who told Fresh Fruit Portal at the time he was hopeful for the first exports this year.

Hartsuyker highlighted India was fifth-largest agricultural export market in 2016-17, with exports valued at AUD$3.1 billion (US$2.4 billion), up 475% since 2011-12.

“Exports of blueberries will further increase the value of this market to Australia,” he said.

“I am pleased that ABWI has proved beneficial for Australia’s blueberry industry, with the first Australian blueberries now available in grocery stores for Indian consumers to enjoy.

“Australia has an impressive global reputation for producing high-quality, clean produce and our work in supporting these new exports demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to expanding trade links—to benefit our industry and nation.”

He said this breakthrough showed the value of working with international trading partners to identify and progress new trade opportunities, in order to support “ongoing productivity and profitability” in Australian agriculture.

In 2016, Australia exported AUD$8.9 million (US$6.8 million) worth of blueberries to almost 20 countries, including $4.4 million (US$3.36 million) to Hong Kong. At industry’s request, the DoAWR successfully negotiated market access for blueberries to India in September 2015.

Demand for agricultural produce in India is forecast to increase by 136% between 2009 and 2050, according to research from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Fruit consumption is also anticipated to rise by nearly 250% by 2050, with the popularity of nutrient-rich and versatile blueberries expected to significantly increase over coming years.

“We have a growing two-way trade in many agricultural commodities and products and we will continue to pursue two-way trade and investment opportunities,” Hartsuyker said.



Mango Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) held in Mumbai

APEDA organized a Mango Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) in the hub of mango production and trade i.e. Mumbai, Maharashtra on 5th and 6th June 2017 at New Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The BSM was organized with an objective to publicize Indian mangoes across the world. Twenty four importers attended the Buyer Seller Meet representing seven countries namely China, Iran, Australia, Japan, Mauritius, Republic of Korea and UAE.

The event was a great success and this could have been possible due to the support of Embassies and High Commissions of India extended to APEDA.

State Horticulture Departments from leading mango producing states namely of India attended the meet and showcased their popular commercial and rare regional varieties of mangoes.

The visitors were exposed to vast range of commercial varieties of mangoes grown and exported by India. A live sampling section was kept where they tasted the mango variety of their choice.

The BSM generated a confidence among the Importers about the capability of Indian exporters to supply quality mangoes in large quantities.

A day long field visit was organized for the importers to see common infrastructure facilities setup by APEDA which generated confidence among the international delegates about the common infrastructure created by APEDA for handling and treatment of mangoes.

The response received from the visitors was overwhelming and has encouraged APEDA to organize such BSM for other potential produce i.e. pomegranates and grapes in future.
The event has benefitted for both the importers and exporters to come to a common platform.

A comprehensive report has been prepared by APEDA and the same is made available at our website in the following link for your reference.

Blueberry promotion on the agenda at Australia Business Week in India

The antioxidant-rich fruit from Australia has been allowed into India since October, 2015, and was on the menu at an opening dinner for Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) in Chennai.

Australian Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, has highlighted the benefits of his country’s premium blueberries as part of a broader agricultural trade pitch at ABWI, an event taking place across several Indian cities this week.

In a release, the minister said fresh Australian blueberries and tender Aussie lamb were tried and tasted by potential importers during an Australia-India dinner as part of the event.

“Australia Business Week in India (ABWI) is a great opportunity to promote Australian agricultural produce, especially for the Australian blueberry and sheepmeat industries, with delegates from these industries on the ground in India this week to promote the best Australia has to offer” Hartsuyker said.

Hartsuyker said Australian blueberries have been showcased for the first time at ABWI since gaining market access.

“The Australian Government secured market access for blueberry farmers to India in October 2015 – turning what’s written on paper into a profitable market means building commercial relationships and that takes time,” he said.

“Judging by the reaction to the high quality Aussie produce at the dinner, sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia, there will be a lot of interest in developing a strong consumer base in India.

“It was great to see the food retailers and the hospitality industry in Chennai so receptive to the Australian lamb and blueberries that were centre stage on the menu. It was a great springboard from which to build commercial relationships for these commodities into the future.”

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) research shows agri-food demand in India is forecast to increase significantly by 136% between 2009 and 2050.

“Consumption of fruit is also expected to increase by nearly 250 per cent by 2050 and blueberries, which are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, are well placed to carve out a piece of that market,” Hartsuyker said.

“I know that the blueberry and sheepmeat industries will use this trip to reinforce their credentials as reliable suppliers of high quality product.”

While Australia’s fruit and vegetable industry has a relatively small presence in India, the country is Australia’s fifth-largest agricultural export market in 2016–17, with exports valued at AUD$3.1 billion, up 475.5% since 2011–12.

“India is already a significant market for Australian produce including chickpeas, wheat, raw cotton, wool and lentils, and there are opportunities to expand trade in wool, cotton, oilseeds, edible oils, lamb, and horticulture, particularly other tree nuts through increasing domestic demand and counter seasonality of Australian production,” Hartsuyker said.

India set to export mangoes to Australia for the first time

Australians can expect to see mangoes from India popping up in the markets soon, with a number of Indian businesses working hard to export fruit this season.

Revised protocols have opened the door for Indian imports, with fruit allowed into Australia as long as it has been irradiated prior to export.

It will not be the first time Australia has imported mangoes, with Mexico, the Philippines and Pakistan exporting small numbers of fruit over the years.

Robert Gray from the Australian Mango Industry Association, said the Indian mangoes would be for sale outside of the Australian mango season.

He said if the fruit met biosecurity standards then the trade should be fine.

"Our position is that, as part of the global trade, if we want access to other countries around the world [to export Australian mangoes], then providing the protocol is safe and not bringing in any pests or diseases, then we're supportive of other countries having access into our market," he said.

Mr Gray said India had started exporting mangoes to the United States as well, but it was hard to know what type of volumes would be sent to Australia. "While India is a huge mango-growing country, their export business is a bit like ours," he said.

"[India will be] targeting affluent markets, markets where they can place small quantities of very high-value product.

"So India is currently trying to ship 200 to 300 tonne of mangoes to the US a year, and it would be those sorts of volumes at a maximum [to Australia] I would expect."

Australians to get a taste of different mango varieties
One of the Indian companies looking to send mangoes to Australia is Kay Bee Exports.

Speaking to Fresh Fruit Portal, Kay Bee Exports chief executive Kaushal Khakhar, said all shipments to Australia would be by air, and the company would initially focus on exporting the Alphonso and Kesar varieties.

"Alphonso is slightly tricky but handled well it is one of the best varieties in India," he said.

"Kesar is the best commercial variety because it has a good price, good flavour, and it handles very well."

He said the opportunity to export mangoes to Australia first opened up several years ago, but the revised protocol has made it a more viable option.

The Indian mango season runs from March until the end of July.

Source: ABC Rural Author:  Matt Brann

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