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INDIA : 328 tonnes of mangoes treated for US export

Tushar Pawar,TNN | Jul 28, 2015, 05.44 AM IST

NASHIK: The irradiation centre of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Lasalgaon, about 70km from Nashik, has irradiated a record 328 metric tonnes of mangoes for export to the US in the current mango season. The centre had treated 295 metric tonnes of mangoes in the same period last year. 

As per the US norms, it is mandatory to irradiate the king of fruits before is shipped off to the US. The Lasalgaon facility has capacity of treating around seven metric tonnes of mangoes in eight-hour shift. 

Speaking to TOI, an official from the Agrosurg Irradiators India, said, "We had set a target of treating 400 tonnes of mangoes this year, but had to settle with 328 as the season ended earlier this year due to bad weather." 

Meanwhile, the centre has applied for licence to treat cereals, pulses, spices and dry fruits."We already have a licence for irradiating vegetables and fruits. Now we have applied to the Department of Atomic Ener…