The Andhra Pradesh state government, working together with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), has launched an initiative to increase mango export to different countries from East Godavari district this season.
Presently, the total production of various varieties of mango is 200,000 tonnes in the district, where mango is being grown in 15,369 hectares. Last season, over 600 tonnes of mango were exported, mostly to South Korea. Banginappali, Suvarnarekha and Rasaalu are the prime varieties being grown in the East Godavari district.
In a meeting with mango growers and exporters, Joint Collector G. Lakshmisha said that barely 300 mango growers had formed into two Farmers’ Producers Organisations (FPO) in the district. An initiative had been launched, aiming at roping in all the small and big farmers into the FPO system to give a boost to mango export from this summer.
This year, the fruit cover technology imported from China and ripening chambers were being supplied to the mango growers on subsidy, enabling them to improve the mango export by meeting the international standards in the mango export, Mr. Lakshmisha told thehindu.com.
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