India to export mangoes to Australia for first time


New Delhi: In a recent development, India would export mangoes after meeting bio-security standards to Australia for the first time, following revision of protocols to allow them in the Australian economy.

Robert Gray from Australian Mango Industry Association has said that the Indian mangoes would be for sale outside of the Australian mango season. However, the fruit has to meet bio-security standards including irradiation before they are exported.

Earlier, Mexico, the Philippines and Pakistan have previously exported mangoes to Australia over the years. He said India had started exporting mangoes to the US as well, but it was hard to know what type of volumes would be sent to Australia.

The chief executive of Kay Bee Exports Kaushal Khakhar said that all shipments to Australia would be sent by air, and the company would initially focus on exporting the Alphonso and Kesar varieties of mango. H said that ‘Alphonso’ is slightly tricky but when handled well it is one of the best varieties in India. ‘Kesar’ is the best commercial variety because it has a good price, good flavour, and it handles very well.

He said the opportunity to export mangoes to Australia first opened up several years ago, but the revised protocol has made it a more viable option.

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