The current season has put some doubts about the availability of mangoes in the country. Unusually high February temperatures followed by rains and hailstorms in March have seen farmers complain about the availability of quality fruit. The Maharashtra State Agricultural Board has decided to introduce Indian mangoes this season to Central Asian countries.
MSAMB general manager D.D. Shinde stated they planned promotional events with Indian Embassies in these countries. Other than this, the US phytosanitary inspector was expected to arrive on April 10, marking the start of exports to the country.
The last financial year saw Indian exporters ship out 32,745 tons of the fruit. Most of the fruit is exported to Central Asian countries, while European Union countries and the US occupy essential shelves in the export basket.