Aiming at the promotion of exports of mangoes as well as other tropical fruit, a Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet (RBSM) will be organised in Mumbai according to a report by F&B News. The fruits besides mangoes include pomegranate, pineapple, bananas and jackfruit and the meet will help in developing new markets for their exports.
Mango & Tropical Fruit Export
The report further says that the RBSM is to be held over a period of two days and is being organised by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Fifty buyers and importers from 20 countries, including Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Iran, Bahrain Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, Israel, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Mauritius, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, are joining the meet,” said D K Singh, chairman, APEDA to F&B News.
“Thirteen state horticulture departments and 36 major and small fruit exporters shall be displaying mangoes, other tropical fruits and their processed products. Arrangements have been made for the wet sampling of mangoes,” he added. “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/National Plant Protection Organisation- (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.”
He elaborated on how elated they feel over the organisation of this meet saying, “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 $1.6 billion and processed fruits and vegetables worth $1.1 billion to over 40 countries. The total export of mangoes and mango pulp from India was 59.22 thousand tonne, and 1, 35,621.22 metric tonne, valued at $66.94 million and $129.29 million, respectively, in 2016-17.”
While talking to F&B News he also added, “Concerted efforts have been made by the government as well as the 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 has also contributed towards export development.”
“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,” said Anil Khaitan, president, PHD Chamber told F&B News.
“I am sure 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, Dussehri, Totapuri, Chausa, Sindoori, etc. will also get visibility,” he added.