Move to undo ban on export of Alphonso mangoes

Move to undo ban on export of Alphonso mangoes

The Horticulture department and the Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC) have initiated measures to ensure that the ban imposed by the European Union on the import of Alphonso mangoes from India does not repeat.

Speaking to mediapersons on Monday, M Kamalakshi Rajanna, the new chairperson of KSMDMC, said that this year, the corporation aimed to export 500 metric tonnes of good quality mangoes to the European nations and the Middle East.

“We are giving special training to 150 farmers in major mango-growing areas of Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts. They are being trained on packing, harvesting and use of pesticides to produce export quality mangoes,” Rajanna said.

The Horticulture department is investing around Rs 10,000 on each farmer. A special diary is being maintained by the officials documenting the growth of mangoes. If this is successful, next season onwards it will be implemented across Karnataka, she said.

The KSMDMC team, along with a few farmers, will be attending a meeting on December 26 in Mumbai. The meeting is being held to bridge the gap between exporters and backward production linkages, she said.

Efforts to set up cold storage units in Haveri, Mysuru, Vijayapura and Kolar are on. Technical approval has been obtained and tenders have to be called for. They are likely to be functional by the end of December 2015.

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