South Korea opens its market for Indian mango

Mango exports from India may see a significant boost this year, with South Korea allowing imports after conducting the stringent pest risk analysis (PRA). South Korea imported mangoes worth $48 million in 2016 mainly from Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Australia, Peru and the US. India’s entry into the South Korean market would boost competition, as mangoes originating from India have been popular in the Middle East, the Far East, the United States and Europe. South Korean Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA) has finally agreed importation of Indian mangoes into South Korea after Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) in specified temperature condition. The export would be allowed for the produce sourced from the registered farmers under Apeda Horti net system and fresh requirement at the designated facilities. Opening up new markets assumes significance, as India’s fresh mango exports declined nearly 15 per cent last year. Data compiled by APEDA showed India’s export of fresh mango stood at 36,329 tonnes for 2015-16 compared to 42,998.31 tonnes in the previous financial year. In value terms, however, exports remained flat at $49.49 million for 2015-16 as against $50.26 million for the previous year. United Arab Emirates (UAE) imports over 50 per cent in volume and 60 per cent in value, followed by United Kingdom.