Indian watermelons are earning a premium over those from Iran in Dubai with a few farmer producer organizations (FPOs) beginning to ship the fruit to the United Arab Emirates.

Mukesh Singh, Director of Mumbai-based MuBala Agro Commodities Pvt Ltd: “We exported two containers of black watermelon to Dubai on a trial basis. It fetched a premium in the markets there.  FPOs fetch double the domestic price in the Gulf.”

M. Angamuthu, outgoing Chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), another company, IG International, took up the initiative to export watermelon produced by an FPO, Swasangharsh Organic Farmer Producer Organisation. It shipped 25 tons of seedless watermelon to Dubai.

Tarun Arora, Director, Single Family Office, IG International: ”Indian watermelons enjoy a premium in the Dubai market due to its quality and taste. Our watermelons are known for their sweetness, juiciness, and excellent texture.”