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In order to promote exports of mangos and other tropical fruits and products, the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is going to organise the 2-day 2nd Reverse Buyers Sellers Meet (RBSM), commencing from May 15, 2018 in Mumbai.
The Meet will promote exports of Indian mangos and other tropical fruits like pomegranate, pineapple, banana and jackfruits from the country and to develop new markets for promotion of these fruits and processed products.
Highlighting about the Meet, DK Singh, Chairman, APEDA said that 50 Buyers and importers from 20 countries such as Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Bahrain Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Israel, Thailand, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt and UAE, are joining the meet.
According to Singh, 13 State horticulture departments and 36 major and small fruits exporters shall be displaying mangoes, other tropical and their processed products. Arrangement has been made for wet sampling of mangoes. The buyers joining from various countries will be taken for an escorted tour of the post-harvest treatment facilities such as irradiation facility, hot water dip and vapour heat treatment at APEDA / NPPO recognised pack house in Vashi, Navi Mumbai as a trust building exposure visit to demonstrate India’s preparedness for export of pest and disease free produce.
Singh further added, “It is highly encouraging for us to note and share that there is increasing acceptance of horticulture produce and exports from the country. In 2016-17, India exported fresh fruits and vegetables worth US$ 1.6 billion (Rs 10,700 crore) and processed fruits and vegetables worth US$ 1.1 billion (around Rs 7400 crore) to over 40 countries. Total export of mangoes and mango pulp from India was 59.22 thousand tonnes, and 1,35,621.22 MT valuing US$ 66.94 million (Rs 450 crore) and US$ 129.29 million (Rs 870 crore) respectively during the year.” (Calculated according to today’s exchange rate of Rs 67.26 per US$)
According to him, concerted efforts have been made by government as well as private sector towards concurrent developments in the areas of cold chain infrastructure and pack houses with state-of-the-art technology and quality assurance measures such as hot water and vapour heat treatment and irradiation; setting up of centres for perishable cargo at airports; integrated post-harvest handling facilities; capacity building initiatives at the farm level and with processors and exporters have also contributed towards export development. Unique product identification system, compliant to the traceability, networking and Residue Monitoring Plan has been developed for the consumer safety and readiness to product recall in case of any emergency.
Anil Khaitan, President, PHD Chamber, while wishing great success to the event said, “On account of our agro climate, India has a natural advantage of being able to produce varieties of fruits and vegetables and that too with extended availability in markets. Events such as RBSMs and focused marketing and export promotion initiatives in foreign fairs and countries to promote Indian produce are critical strategies for winning the trust of foreign buyers and to ensure a secure place for India as a reliable supplier of fruits and vegetables to the world.”
“I am sure that the event will result in giving a further fillip to the exports of processed and fresh fruits and vegetables from the country and ensuring that new markets open up and besides Alphonso, and Kesar, other varieties grown in the northern states like Langda, Dusshery, Totapari, Chausa, Sindoori among others will also get visibility,” Khaitan added.
He also said that lets endeavour to make Indian mangos a household name in as many countries of the world and in as short a time.