Mangoes from farms across the state will soon arrive on the dinner tables of US residents, with the state planning to export close to 2,000 tonnes. This is the first time such a large consignment of the fruit is being exported to the US.
The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Limited (KSMDMC) is all set to send them by air from April 15 onwards.
Besides the US, the Kollapur mango may also soon be headed to Australia, and the UK as well after the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) in India made the decision to expand exports from the region. The current plan is to export 50 tonnes of mangoes to the three countries.
The APEDA is making all arrangements for the export of mangoes. With this decision, good days appear to be imminent for the Kollapur mango farmers. Kollapur is historically renowned for mango cultivation and produces varieties including Banginapalli, Baneshan, Rasaalu and others.
Mangoes are already exported to Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Bengaluru. After examining mango gardens of at least 400 farmers the APEDA decided to finally ship the mangoes overseas due to the increased demand.