The rains in India will not impact all mango growers and exporters. Yashwant Chakve Patil, director of Indian fruit exporter AA Reyach International, states that he even expects to harvest more volumes of mangoes this year: “For us as a company, we mainly do the Alphonso and Kesher varieties when it comes to the mangoes. We’re expecting a bumper season this year, as we’ve experienced little rain in November 2022, which helped in flowering of the fruit. Some places in Maharashtra were affected by the rains, which resulted in low flowering, but overall the season is excellent compared to last year.”
That’s not to say the heavy rains will have no effect at all, as the Kesher farms will probably be affected, Patil explains. “Some unseasonal rain happened in mid-March, but our Alphonso farms have not been affected as much as the Kesher farms. Overall I think it won’t have a huge impact on our total volume. In the previous season we sold more Alphonso than Kesher, but this season Alphonso and Kesher volumes should be about the same.”
For Reyach International it will be an exciting season, as the company will try to expand their exports to various markets, Patil states: “Our main markets can be found in the USA & Europe. But after receiving last year's feedback from various end customers, who tested our mangoes from the various supermarkets in the US and Europe, we’ll also be expanding our markets and focus on Australia, Japan and Asian countries as well.”
But exports isn’t the only way for Patil to sell mangoes, as the domestic market in India is a huge market for the exporter as well. “Our Alphonso mango is seeing huge demand in the domestic market also. Actually, if we’re being honest the domestic supply is much stronger than the export numbers. Last year we exported about 51 tons over the year, this year we may be able to double that. We’re looking at supplying 200 tons for export, while selling about 300 tons in the domestic market,” Patil concludes.
For more information:
Yashwant Chakve Patil
AA Reyach International
Tel: +91 98921 72 863