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Local mangoes declared pest-free

By Anna Leah G. Estrada 

| Jan. 16, 2015 at 11:35pm

The government on Friday declared Philippine mango free from mango seed weevil, a development that can open more export markets for the country’s top fruit commodity.


The mango pulp weevil, or Sternochetus mangiferae, causes black or grayish scales on the fruit that affect its quality and taste.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said in an administrative circular that except for Palawan, the Philippines was now also free from mango pulp weevil.

“The absence of both pests [except MPW in Palawan] can result in the expansion of mango exports to countries which require area freedom from these weevils,” Alcala said.

Alcala said he ordered the Bureau of Plant Industry to strengthen and strictly implement phytosanitary measures in Palawan.

“The movement, transfer and carrying of mango planting materials, fruits or parts thereof from Palawan is hereby prohibited, except for limited quantities and for experimental purposes only, subject to the condition that a permit for such purpose is first secured from the BPI director,” Alcala said.

The United States began allowing the entry of fresh mangoes from all provinces of the Philippines, except Palawan, last year.

riculture attaché Josyline Javelosa said the US market’s opening presented an opportunity for mango-producing provinces such as Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan, Isabela, Batangas,Tarlac, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga del Norte, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

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Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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…

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

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

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. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…