In a proud moment for local mango growers of the State, first time in the history of Jharkhand local varieties of mango are being showcased in international platform in Agricultural Processed Export Development Authority (APEDA) organized a seven-day long Promotion Program for Mangoes from the Eastern Region of India at the Kingdom of Bahrain started from June 13.
APEDA Eastern Region Head, Sandip Saha informed that with the focus to emphasize on the lesser-known mango varieties of eastern region and some of them bearing Geographical Indication (GI) tag. The event was jointly inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador, Piyush Agarwal, Secretary, APEDA, Dr Sudhanshu and Chairman, Al-Jazira Group BSC, Bahrain Abdul Hussain Dawani, he added.
Saha further informed that the event has been planned in such a way that 34 varieties of mangoes procured apart from two varieties of Jharkhand mangoes from other states like West Bengal it is 27 varieties, from Odisha two varieties, from UP one variety and from Bihar two varieties sent by the exporter to showcase at 8 numbers of different stores of the importer continuously for eight days beginning from June 13 to June 20. The entire supply of 8 Metric Tonnes of mangoes would be sent by the exporter in three phases from Centre for Perishable Cargo (CPC) Kolkata Airport, he added.
“After continuous effort over the last some years this year we have been successful in sending for the first time, the varieties of Jharkhand, Biju, 50 Kgs and Kamli, 50 Kgs have also been exported. One of the APEDA registered exporters, M/s DM Enterprise from Kolkata has sent the 34 varieties of mangoes to their importer client M/s Al-Jazira Group BSC, The Kingdom of Bahrain,” said Saha.
The APEDA Regional Head further said that such export promotion activity may open new horizons for the farmers and exporters to start sending the indigenous and unique varieties of mangoes and thus help in the mandate of the Government to raise the farmers’ income.