The Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia informed that the government is coming out with an export policy for agro and other such products and asked all the state governments to send their inputs to the Centre as the draft export policy has been put in public domain already. The Commerce Secretary also asked the APEDA to explore the higher possibilities as to how the exports of agri products could be multiplied with sea route. This channel would be cheaper and reduce the exporting cost for the exporters, she noted.
The Commerce Secretary elaborated that despite India growing multiple varieties of mangoes yet their exports are confined to only two to three varieties, therefore, APEDA should take initiatives to promote multiple varieties of mangoes so that exports could be accelerated. India is the fruit basket of the world and provides a large number of varieties of quality and tasty tropical fruits of large range.
She informed that India is the largest producer of the Mangoes in the world which is treated as king of fruits which has made a place of pride in the fruit basket of the country with a production of around 41% of total world production. India grows nearly 1000 varieties of Mangoes across the country and out of these 11 commercial varieties are grown in more than 10 States. With this strength, India exports Mangoes to more than 50 countries and has reached to an export of 52,761 MT MT in 2016-17.