Japan has been importing mangoes from India since 2006 and sends inspectors to oversee the vapour heat treatment process. Accordingly, MSAMB officials completed the vapour heat treatment process for the mangoes, he added.
Nearly 3.5 tons of mangoes -the first consignment of the season- was sent to Japan by air from Mumbai on Monday. Last season, around 40 tons of mangoes were exported to that country.
The consignment that was sent to Japan underwent vapour heat treatment at Maharashtra State Agriculture Marketing Board’s (MSAMB) vapour heat treatment plant at Vashi, a norm that is mandatory for mango exports to the country, senior officials of MSAMB stated.
Japan has been importing mangoes from Indian since 2006 and sends inspectors to oversee the vapour heat treatment process. However, this year because of the Covid-19 outbreak, the inspectors could not be sent to Mumbai. Instead, the Japanese government permitted the Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage to oversee the necessary procedures, said Sunil Pawar, MD, MSAMB.
Accordingly, MSAMB officials completed the vapour heat treatment process for the mangoes, he added.
The consignment to Japan was sent by three exporters including Sai Export, Beridell Foodsoff and GuruKripa Corporation. Pawar said that although the vapour heat treatment facility was functional, no international flights were available to Japan and therefore there was delay in exports this season.
According to financialexpress.com, around 11,760 tons of mangoes were exported to the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, UK, US and Germany until May-end from India. Last year at the same time, exports had touched 22,892 tons.