Alphonso mangoes are at the centre of a conflict between Maharashtra and Karnataka. After getting complaints from mango growers in Maharashtra that Alphonso-like produce from the bordering state are eating into their margins, Maharashtra’s Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse stepped into the fray. He said that legal action would be taken against those involved in selling ‘fake’ Alphonsos in the market.
The Minister has asked Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) markets to keep a watch on traders passing off other varieties of mangoes as Alphonso. Vaibhav Naik, MLA from the Konkan region recently approached the Agriculture Minister with a complaint that Maharashtra’s Alphonso growers were suffering heavy losses because of “fake” Alphonsos from the neighboring State.
Alphonso mangoes from Konkan have a GI tag for their unique taste, aroma and color. Violation of GI of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, can result in a jail term of six months and a hefty fine.