The State Department of Food Processing Industries and Horticulture (FPI&H) in West Bengal has set an aim to export as many as 75 varieties of mangoes this year. Last year, some 34 mango varieties were exported to different countries. The exports of this fruit will be dominated by Malda and Murshidabad districts.
Samanta Layek, deputy director of the Horticulture department in Malda, said that in Qatar, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries, the different varieties of mangoes from Bengal are very popular. Mangoes grown in Malda are the most abundant while in terms of variety Murshidabad tops among the districts.
As many as 30 mango varieties from Malda have already been identified for export among which three mango varieties namely Fajli, Himsagar and Lakshmanbhog that have bagged GI-tag will be top in the list. The other types that will be exported from Malda include Gopalbhog, Brindabani, Aswina, Rakhalbhob, Funia Molayamjam to name a few.