Now, Maharashtra and Karnataka lock horns over mangoes

The king of mangoes – Alphonso – is at the centre of a battle concerning

The king of mangoes – Alphonso – is at the centre of a battle concerning Maharashtra and Karnataka. Following receiving issues from mango growers in Maharashtra that Alphonso-like deliver from the bordering Point out are consuming into their margins, Maharashtra’s Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse has stepped into the fray.

He claimed stringent lawful action would be taken against all those concerned in promoting ‘fake’ Alphonsos in the current market.

The Minister has questioned Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) marketplaces to preserve a enjoy on traders passing off other varieties of mangoes as Alphonso. Vaibhav Naik, MLA from the Konkan area recently approached the Agriculture Minister with a complaint that Maharashtra’s Alphonso growers were suffering hefty losses mainly because of “fake” Alphonsos from the neighbouring Point out.

Distinctive GI tag

Alphonso mangoes from Konkan have a GI (geographical indications) tag for their one of a kind taste, aroma and colour. Violation of GI of Products (Registration and Defense) Act, 1999, appeals to a jail time period of 6 months and ₹50,000 in penalty.

Even as some scientists consider that the Portuguese brought Alphonso to Konkan, researchers and farmers in the area assert that it is a area item and the Portuguese took it to the earth current market.

The king of mangoes is a single of the significant resources of cash flow for the Konkan farmers. Devesh Deodhar, a trader, who got Alphonsos to market in the Pune current market, claimed he tried to retail them for ₹1,200 (smaller measurement) and ₹1,five hundred ( large measurement) per dozen. “But some individuals claimed that they were receiving it at ₹500 per dozen. Any grower of Alphonso simply cannot manage to market the fruit at this price. Certainly, there are other varieties of mangoes which are currently being sold as Alphonso,” he factors out.

Varieties grown

India is property to about 1,000 varieties of mango. Nonetheless, only a handful of varieties are commercially cultivated all over India. Maharashtra farmers mostly expand Alphonso, Kesar and Pairi though Karnataka farmers expand Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli, Pairi, Neelum and Mulgoa.

In accordance to APEDA, the significant mango-escalating States are Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh ranks to start with in mango manufacturing with a share of 23.forty seven per cent and the greatest productivity.