May 30, 2024


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Now, Maharashtra and Karnataka lock horns over mangoes

The king of mangoes – Alphonso – is at the centre of a battle amongst Maharashtra and Karnataka. Right after finding problems from mango growers in Maharashtra that Alphonso-like develop from the bordering State are taking in into their margins, Maharashtra’s Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse has stepped into the fray.

He said stringent lawful action would be taken against those concerned in marketing ‘fake’ Alphonsos in the market.

The Minister has asked Agriculture Produce Market place Committees (APMC) marketplaces to maintain a view on traders passing off other varieties of mangoes as Alphonso. Vaibhav Naik, MLA from the Konkan location not long ago approached the Agriculture Minister with a grievance that Maharashtra’s Alphonso growers were struggling significant losses because of “fake” Alphonsos from the neighbouring State.

Distinctive GI tag

Alphonso mangoes from Konkan have a GI (geographical indications) tag for their special style, aroma and colour. Violation of GI of Items (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999, appeals to a jail phrase of 6 months and ₹50,000 in penalty.

Even as some researchers consider that the Portuguese introduced Alphonso to Konkan, researchers and farmers in the location assert that it is a neighborhood merchandise and the Portuguese took it to the entire world market.

The king of mangoes is a person of the key sources of revenue for the Konkan farmers. Devesh Deodhar, a trader, who acquired Alphonsos to promote in the Pune market, said he attempted to retail them for ₹1,200 (smaller dimension) and ₹1,five hundred ( significant dimension) per dozen. “But some consumers said that they were finding it at ₹500 per dozen. Any grower of Alphonso can’t manage to promote the fruit at this rate. Obviously, there are other varieties of mangoes which are staying bought as Alphonso,” he factors out.

Versions grown

India is property to about 1,000 varieties of mango. Having said that, only a handful of varieties are commercially cultivated throughout India. Maharashtra farmers primarily mature Alphonso, Kesar and Pairi whilst Karnataka farmers mature Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli, Pairi, Neelum and Mulgoa.

According to APEDA, the key mango-growing States are Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh ranks initial in mango output with a share of 23.forty seven per cent and the maximum productiveness.