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AUSTRALIA : Export quarantine facility gears up for busy mango season














ABC Rural By Carmen Brown




Updated yesterday at 2:36pm






Australian mangoes are becoming increasingly popular in overseas markets, but some importing countries require the produce to be treated for fruit fly before it leaves the country.
One of the few facilities capable of post-harvest heat treatment for fruit fly is housed at the Manbulloo Mangoes packing shed, near Townsville in Queensland.
Technical manager Rowland Holmes says the mangoes go through a 'vapour heat treatment' to meet biosecurity standards in both China and Korea.
"It's a hot air treatment that heats the fruit up to 47 degrees," he said.
"It holds the fruit at that temperature for about 15 minutes, to kill fruit fly, which is a quarantine pest for the two countries we're going to.
From the moment we put fruit into the plant, until we actually dispatch it to the market, it can take three to four days
Rowland Holmes, technical manager
"Then it will start to bring the fruit down and cool it off to a reasonable temperature, that allows us to then pack the fruit and get it ready for sending overseas."
He says the plant is currently treating mangoes from the company's Northern Territory orchard, but will soon start handling large volumes of Queensland fruit.
"At the moment we're only doing about one treatment a day, so five tonne a day," he said.
"But once we get moving, we'll do double that, we'll be doing day and night shifts for both treatment and packing.
"From the moment we put fruit into the plant, until we actually dispatch it to the market, it can take three to four days.
"We're trying to cut that down obviously, so we can get fruit through a lot quicker."
Mr Holmes says the company is working with several Queensland growers, to help keep up with demand for Australian mangoes overseas.
"We have a number of grower-suppliers from Bowen, also from around this local area, because our own quantity can't keep up with the supply demand that we've got," he said.
"We've also got some growers in the Mareeba area that will be supplying us in the later part of the season.
"So in total, I think we have six growers lined up to supply us with fruit, including ourselves."



http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-13/stopping-mango-fruit-fly-spread/5886746


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Alphonso





Alphonso (mango)
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Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 


It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST






Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.



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Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 




After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.


An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 




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