Amid expectations of a bumper mango production of nearly 3.5 million tonnes (mt) in Uttar Pradesh, the state mango exporters are gearing up for shipments to the Gulf. Exports are also expected to European countries, Mango Growers Association of India President Insram Ali said.
Traditionally, UP mango is exported to the Gulf apart from shipments to a few South East Asian countries viz. Malaysia, Singapore from South India.
Mango shipments are likely to begin after the first week of June.
If the inclement weather including hailstorms and the unseasonal rainfall had not played a truant with plantations, the state’s mango output, especially Dussehri, could have touched 5 mt in the season.
“The flowering of the mango crop was robust, but the adverse weather played a spoilsport. Yet, we are expecting the production to touch 3.5 mt this year,” he added.
Apart from the flagship Dussehri variety, other UP mango varieties include Langda, Chausa, Amprapali and Mallika. Dussehri forms the bulk of the state mango exports owing to its sweet taste and lilting aroma.
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Meanwhile, Western UP-based Shahnaz Exports Promoter Nadeem Siddiqui said mango shipments would mainly head to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait. “We have received bulk orders from the Gulf markets, and now it is for the exporters to fulfill them within the stipulated time frame.”
However, he lamented that the frequency of flight from Lucknow to the Gulf has come down, hampering the state mango export potential.
Meanwhile, Ali demanded that the government allow the setting up of mango-based food processing industries, such as pickles, juice etc, in Lucknow Dussehri belt to incentivise farmers and create a sustainable value chain.
“The state government should promote tourism in the mango belts and allow setting up of hotels in the larger interests of the beleaguered farmers,” he added.