Now, Maharashtra and Karnataka lock horns over mangoes

The king of mangoes – Alphonso – is at the centre of a battle between Maharashtra and Karnataka. Right after getting grievances from mango growers in Maharashtra that Alphonso-like produce from the bordering Condition are eating into their margins, Maharashtra’s Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse has stepped into the fray.

He mentioned stringent lawful motion would be taken versus people associated in selling ‘fake’ Alphonsos in the market place.

The Minister has requested Agriculture Create Market place Committees (APMC) marketplaces to hold a enjoy on traders passing off other varieties of mangoes as Alphonso. Vaibhav Naik, MLA from the Konkan region just lately approached the Agriculture Minister with a criticism that Maharashtra’s Alphonso growers had been suffering large losses for the reason that of “fake” Alphonsos from the neighbouring Condition.

One of a kind GI tag

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

Even as some researchers believe that the Portuguese introduced Alphonso to Konkan, researchers and farmers in the region assert that it is a regional products and the Portuguese took it to the environment market place.

The king of mangoes is a person of the major sources of money for the Konkan farmers. Devesh Deodhar, a trader, who obtained Alphonsos to provide in the Pune market place, mentioned he tried to retail them for ₹1,two hundred (tiny sizing) and ₹1,five hundred ( massive sizing) for every dozen. “But some people mentioned that they had been getting it at ₹500 for every dozen. Any grower of Alphonso can’t manage to provide the fruit at this fee. Naturally, there are other varieties of mangoes which are becoming marketed as Alphonso,” he details out.

Types grown

India is household to about 1,000 varieties of mango. However, only a several varieties are commercially cultivated throughout India. Maharashtra farmers primarily grow Alphonso, Kesar and Pairi although Karnataka farmers grow Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli, Pairi, Neelum and Mulgoa.

According to APEDA, the major mango-escalating States are Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh ranks to start with in mango generation with a share of 23.forty seven for every cent and the highest productivity.