India will export mangoes to the USA in the summer season, starting March 2022, after almost the gap of two years. The United States has approved the import of mangoes and pomegranates from India, according to a recent agreement signed during the 12th India-United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF). The Indian government, on the other hand, has agreed to import cherries and alfalfa hay from the United States.
The export was pulled up due to the pandemic and subsequent cancellation of flights and travel. As per the norms, the fruits need to be irradiated before it is shipped out of the country. The process was looked at by a phytosanitary inspector from the destination country, but, due to the spread of virus, the travel was suspended.
According to the Managing Director of Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board, the export should pick up as they expect an abundant crop in the Konkan coast.
Indian mango varieties, such as Hapus and Alphonso from the Konkan coast of Maharashtra are one of the popular mango varieties overseas. Around 48,000-50,000 tonnes are exported every year, but due to the pandemic and consequent disruption in logistics the number fell by half in the last two years.