New Delhi, PTI. India will now be able to export mangoes to America. India has got the approval of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for export of mangoes to the US in the new season. The Commerce Ministry said that the US had stopped the import of Indian mangoes in 2020. USDA inspectors were unable to visit India to inspect radiation facilities at the time due to restrictions on international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 23, 2021, the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and the USDA signed a framework agreement to implement “2 versus 2” agri-market access issues.

Under the agreement, the two countries will follow a joint protocol on the export of Indian mango and pomegranate and the import of cherries from the US. The ministry said a revised action plan has been drawn up, which includes a phased transfer of monitoring prior approval of radiation treatment to India as agreed between the two countries.

The ministry said that under a mutual agreement, India will start exporting the Alphonso variety to the US from March onwards. According to the ministry, India exported 800 tonnes of mangoes worth $27.5 million to the US in the year 2017-18. Similarly, in the year 2018-19, 951 tonnes of mangoes worth $36.3 lakh were exported and 1,095 tonnes of mangoes worth $43.5 lakh were exported in the year 2019-20.

The ministry said that according to the estimates received from the exporters, the export of mango in the year 2022 may cross the figure of the year 2019-20. The USDA approval will open up exports from traditional mango growing regions like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APIDA) said this will give an opportunity to export other delicious varieties of mangoes, such as Langra, Chausa, Dussehri, Fazli, etc. to North and East India such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. .

India’s agricultural exports stood at $4.75 billion in the year 2020-21. The main items exported include marine products, spices, oil cakes, basmati rice, dairy products, coffee, sesame, sugar, cashews, fruits, vegetables and processed fruits and fruit juices.

Edited By: Ashish Deep