The Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia informed that the government is coming up with an export policy for agro and other such products and have asked all the state governments to send their inputs to the Centre as the draft export policy has been put in public domain already. Seeing export through sea route as the best option, the Commerce Secretary asked APEDA to explore the higher possibilities of exports of Agri products that could be multiplied. This channel would be cheaper and reduce the exporting cost for the exporters, she felt.
Inspite of India growing many varieties of mangoes, yet their exports are confined to only two to three, therefore, APEDA should take initiatives to promote multiple varieties of mangoes so that exports could be accelerated.
Ms. Teaotia said that India is the fruit basket of the world and provides a large number of varieties of quality and tasty tropical fruits of large range.
She informed that India is the largest producer of the Mangoes in the world which is treated as king of fruits which has made a place of pride in the fruit basket of the country with a production of around 41 per cent of total world production. India grows nearly 1000 varieties of Mangoes across the country and out of these 11 commercial varieties are grown in more than 10 States.
With this strength, India exports Mangoes to more than 50 countries and has reached to an export of 52,761 MT in 2016-17.