AIP Imparts Training to Mango Cultivators to Expand Export Market

August 13, 2013 | Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh

India produces nearly 50% of the world’s mangoes and Uttar Pradesh is known to be one of the largest mango producing states in India. There are more than 30 varieties of mangoes grown commercially and one such popular variety is Chausa mango. This variety is large in size, light yellow and pulpy and is cultivated for the purpose of exporting to countries like Japan, USA, Europe and the Middle East.

In the recent past, mango cultivation and production has declined considerably. Some of the major issues faced by the cultivators are limited resource availability, lack of modern irrigation methods, branding techniques, basic infrastructure for cold storage, etc. The absence of processing/packaging-based interventions lead to heavy losses for the farmers. In order to boost mango cultivation and minimize such losses, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) in collaboration with All India Food Processors’ Association (AIFPA) and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) conducted a seminar cum training program titled “Chausa Mango Processing & Export Opportunities from Uttar Pradesh” on August 13, 2013 at Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The objective of the program was to train mango cultivators on ways to boost the production of export quality mangoes.

The program was attended by almost 100 mango growers and processors from the region, government officials and researchers, technical experts and policy makers. Other prominent experts comprised Mr. Shazan Masood, EX-MP & Chief Guest; Mr. Pradeep, Member of Parliament; Dr. R. P. Singh, Joint Director, HETC; Dr. R. M. Mathur, Director, Central Pulp and Paper Research Institute, Sahranpur; Dr. Nileema Garg, Post Harvest Expert, Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture, Lucknow; Mr. Vinod Kaul, DGM, APEDA; Mr. Ashok Jha, General Manager, Sathguru Management Consultants; Dr. Kalyan Goswami, Secretary General, AIFPA; Dr. A. K. Paul, Horticulture and Dr. R. K. Pradhan, Dept. of Farm Engineering from Banaras Hindu University.

The participants were given an overview of the importance of the international market and the growing demand for mangoes. Exclusive topics on production techniques; pre-harvest & post harvest management; nutrient management; disease and canopy management; quality standards and certifications management; value addition and equipment needs for processing were covered by experts during the technical sessions.

Mr. Pradeep emphasized on the importance of improved infrastructure facility like roads and electricity for rapid transport, improved cold storage facilities with controlled temperature for longer shelf life, packaging and quality control systems, etc. for farmers to keep pace with the growing demands of the international market.

The sessions helped the participants gain insights into cultivation and product development. A positive feedback and motivation revealed the success of the workshop.

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