Tamil Nadu exported mangoes worth ₹660.08 crore last year, there is huge potential for more: experts

Experts at a conference on mango cultivation, held in Periyakulam, stressed the need for good agricultural practices to be followed by farmers to improve harvests and exports

Updated - March 07, 2024 06:34 pm IST

Published - March 07, 2024 03:04 pm IST - PERIYAKULAM

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Tamil Nadu exported ₹660.08 crore worth of mangoes including mango pulp and fresh mangoes weighing 66,879 metric tonnes in 2022-23, said E Somasundaram, Director, Agri-Business Management, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

Mr. Somasundaram was speaking at a conference on ‘Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in mango cultivation and export,’ organised by the Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam on Thursday. The conference was organised in collaboration with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Directorate of Agri Business Development, TNAU, Coimbatore and Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation Institute (PHBIF), Periyakulam to promote the export potential, and to improve the economic status of mango-growers in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Somasundaram highlighted precision practices of mango cultivation for export, and cluster farming approaches that could help farmers achieve their goals and improve their livelihood. Good agricultural practices (GAP) would bring in value addition to the produce, and would also improve exports, he said.

Speakers at the conference said that the country registered a 19% growth in mango exports to the United States of America in 2023-24, compared to the previous year. Therefore, there was scope to increase exports to other countries as well.

HCRI Dean J. Rajangam said that nearly 21 varieties of mangoes were commercially exported from the country, including Alphonso, Banganapalli, Totapurri, Imaampasand among others from the State.

Close to 14 districts from the State produced mangoes over 1.15 lakh hectares, with a production of 92.48 lakh tonnes and productivity of 6.34 MT/ha. Mr. Rajangam also explained soil health management, use of natural pest and disease management techniques and post-harvest technologies in GAP for mangoes.

Giving an outline of the importance of global GAP, G Keerthana, Business Development Manager, APEDA, Chennai said that there were plenty of export opportunities for mango growers. Infrastructural facilities for storage, packaging technologies and other aspects were also explained.

The Tiruchi Plant Quarantine Station’s Assistant Director S Sivaramakrishnan, Theni Deputy Director (Horticulture) A. Arumugam, HC&RI deputy manager (EDII-PHBIF) P. Dharmadurai and others also addressed the gathering. About 150 mango growers from different parts of the State participated.

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