INDIA 2016 : Karnataka Eyes US, Malaysia for Mango Export

Sat,23 Apr 2016

BENGALURU: At a time when the state government is looking at the United States of America (USA) and Malaysia as potential markets to export mangoes, exporters have advised it to go slow with the plans saying it is not the right time.

 According to them, there is no demand for Karnataka mangoes in the international market now as it is flooded with mangoes from North Indian states and also other countries. “The state is planning export 10,000 tonnes of mangoes to the USA and Malaysia. Earlier, the state was exporting mangoes to the Middle East, Singapore and European countries. This year, along with these countries, it will also be exported to the US and Malaysia,” said Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Limited (KSMDMCL) chairperson Kamalakshi Rajanna. 

S V Vijay, a partner of Sai Diaries, which exports mangoes to Dubai, Singapore and European countries, said, “In Europe, mangoes (Alphonso and Kesar) which was 11 pounds (`1,012) per kg has reduced to 4.5 pounds (`414) per kg.

We need to wait until June. We should export mangoes at the right time,” he added. 

Speaking to reporters on the sideline of a one-day workshop organised by KSMDMCL in association with Horticulture Department on Friday, Kamalakshi said that in 2015-16, 4,500 mango growers in Karnataka had registered with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). According to her, there is a demand for Alphonso and Kesar varieties of mango outside the country. 

Mango Mela at different places this time, Mango Melas will be organised at various parts of the city including Lalbagh, Malleswaram Grounds, near IT-BT companies and at all major bus stations. This is expected to be in second or third week of May and it will go on for one month..