Andhra Pradesh fruit growers are expecting a bumper mango harvest this year. Growers hope to export at least 4,000 tonnes of quality mangoes to the Middle East and other countries this year.
After Alphanzo from Maharashtra and Dasheri from Uttar Pradesh, Banginapalli mangoes from Andhra Pradesh has emerged as the most sought after fruit in the country.
According to Andhra Pradesh Commissioner of Horticulture Chiranjiv Choudhary, the state had exported over 1,500 tonnes of mangoes (Banginapalli, Rasalu varieties) to different countries in 2019. The export of mangoes had declined in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "We are expecting a good yield this year and planning to export more mangoes to various counties,” he said.
Mango farmers in Andhra Pradesh have been growing Banginapalli, China Rasalu, Pedda Rasalu, Totapuri, Neelam, and Suvarnarekha varieties. As many as 3,76,494 hectares of land is under mango cultivation in the state. Chittoor district tops the list with 112,000 hectares of land under fruit cultivation.
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