The irradiation treatment mitigates several pests that are of concern to the USDA. Along with it, exporters are required to also ensure absence of other pests that cannot be mitigated by irradiation viz. Tenuipalpus granati, Tenuipalpus punicae and Xanthomonas axonopodis.
Kaushal Khakhar, CEO of Kay Bee Exports has expressed a lot of optimism regarding this new market access. Commenting on the first shipment, “India is the only country in the world with 365 day availability and fresh harvest. This allows us to ship pomegranates to all parts of the world during the receiving country’s off-season. We are excited at being able to ship the first fruit to the USA and we look forward to working with new customers and promote this excellent fruit from India. It is the untiring efforts of various government agencies which has culminated into the first shipment.”
They also operate a high-care hand-extracted pomegranate arils facility. Being cut-fruits, these have been allowed access to USA for several years. The company ships about 200 tonnes of fresh mangoes to the USA. It has won five consecutive government export awards with annual revenues of US$20 million.
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