According to officials from the East Godavari district, the state government is keen to make the region a horticultural hub. The Agriculture Process and Export Development Authority (APEDA) has taken up the task of promoting the fruits abroad and getting horticulture farmers earn good profits.
In the first phase, mangoes will be exported to the USA and European countries. The second phase will focus more on erra chakrakeli (red banana). Banginipalli, Suvarnarekha mangoes have experienced great demand from abroad. Banginapalli, Suvarnarekha, Pedda Cherukurasalu, Chinna Cherukurasalu, Kothapalli Kobbari and Panduri Mamidi mangoes are available from Tuni, Jaggampeta, Erravaram, Kattipudi, Rajanagaram and in Konaseema areas in the district. They are being exported to West Bengal, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.
APEDA will register the names of mango growers online. Some exporters will visit the mango orchards in the Tuni area this month and the mango farmers and exporters will enter into an MoU. In the first phase, it was expected that 200 tonnes will be exported. Mangoes are under cultivation in 15,300 hectares in the district and the department is expecting a 185,000-tonne yield this year.