It’s been rough for the mangoes from India, as weather conditions resulted in lower volumes and some quality issues. On top of that the cost of freight can be challenging. However, with the domestic price of mangoes going down, one exporter has hopes that demand for export will pick up soon.
According to Manoj Barai, general manager for Indian fresh produce exporter MK Exports, the lower availability for mangoes from India was caused by the weather. “Since February the mango season in India has been progressing very well in terms quantity and quality.
"The current major challenges we have are with availability of mangoes, which are really short this season compared to the previous two years. This shortage of mangoes also has an impact on the prices, naturally. The weather had an impact on mangoes this year, as there was uneven rainfall in some parts of the mango production areas, which hampers the quality as well as availability of large volumes of mangoes.”
Barai does believe that access to the United States was an important factor for their season. “In terms of demand, we have seen lot of demand coming from European countries, especially from the U.K., and even from USA which after two years has finally opened up for us again. Currently, the freights are really very high. This can be attributed to the high demand, but also because of the increased fuel prices ever since the Russia/Ukraine war started. Both of these factors have increased the rates for air freight.”
“We are hopeful that in the remainder of the mango season, the demand will go up as mango prices domestically go down. This will make mango prices competitive in turn, which should increase demand for mango exports compared to the current situation.” Barai concludes.