Export of Bengal mango starts this season in early June

Saha also mentioned that despite the economic challenges Europe is facing, interest in Bengal mangoes is growing and exporters are actively participating in negotiations.

Last year, Malda exported 10 tons of mangoes to Europe and 24 tons to Middle East countries.

Union and state government officials are working together to promote mango exports from West Bengal, the Ministry of Horticulture said.

District Horticultural Department Deputy Director Samanta Layek said exports from the district are expected to start in the first week of June.

Meanwhile, mango farmers in the district have raised concerns about the lack of a proper fruit certification laboratory, which has hampered the export of Malda mangoes to other countries in recent years.

The presence of pesticides in the fruit in excess of permitted levels is a major handicap for exporting Bengal mangoes to the Middle East and European countries and requires strict certifications.

According to the records, Malda district produced 3.7 lakh tons of mangoes last year while the entire state produced about 9 lakh tons.

Murshidabad, another important mango growing district, also contributes significantly to mango export. There are 5-7 other counties that grow mango.

It is estimated that the mango harvest in Malda is expected to exceed 4 lakh tons this year due to favorable seasonal conditions.

The state government took steps last year to increase production by distributing 13 lakh mango seedlings, which have yielded positive results.

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda) has worked with the Department of Horticulture and Food Processing of West Bengal Government to facilitate the export of 75 varieties of mangoes from Malda and Murshidabad districts.

Last year, 34 varieties of mangoes from Malda and Murshidabad were exported to European countries including the Middle East through Apeda, an official said.

Popular strains include Fazli, Himsagar, and Lakshmanabhog, which have already received GI designations.

Other strains in demand are Gopalbhog, Rakhalbhog, Kishanbhog, Amritbhog, Dilkush, Langra, Altapeti, Brindabni, Ashwina, Amrapali, Mallika, Brindabni Ashwina, Totapuri, Madhuchushki, Mohan Thakur, Ranipsand, Golia, Dalbhanga and Mohanbhog.

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