Mango exports from West Bengal are expected to begin from early June with shipments to Middle East countries, an official said on Sunday.
There have also been inquiries for export orders from Europe, which are currently being finalised, the official said. “Exports are expected to commence from early June, as we are finalising the last shipments from some orchards. Orders have already been received from the Middle East,” said Ujjal Saha, president of the Malda Mango Association, in an interview with PTI. Saha also mentioned that despite the economic challenges faced by Europe, there is a growing interest in Bengal mangoes, and exporters are actively engaging in negotiations. In the previous year, Malda exported 10 metric tonne of mangoes to Europe and 24 metric tonne to Middle East countries.
Officials from both the Union and State governments are working collaboratively to promote mango exports from West Bengal, as stated by the horticulture department.
Deputy Director of the District Horticulture Department, Samanta Layek, said that exports from the district are expected to commence in the first week of June.
Meanwhile, mango growers in the district have raised concerns of the absence of a proper laboratory for fruit certification, which has hindered the export of Malda mangoes to other countries in recent years.