Indian mangoes reached American market after nearly two decades, in an event hailed
by the US as an "important step" to bolster bilateral trade.
first consignment of Alphonso and Kesari mangoes that landed in Washington on
May 1, a year after president George W Bush and prime minister Manmohan Singh
launched the mango initiative, tickled the palate of top American officials, who
said it represented more than just a market opening for the fruit.
Indian mangoes I enjoyed today represent more than just a market opening for one
product," said an excited US trade representative Susan Schwab.
his visit to India in March 2006, president Bush had expressed a keen desire to
import the king of fruits.
Indian mango exports signal the resolve of both sides to forge stronger trade
ties and create significant new economic opportunities for the people of the two
countries, trade officials said.
willingness to purchase Indian mangoes is another important step towards deeper
engagement and more robust US-India trade," said Ron Somers, president of
the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
Indian ambassador Ronen Sen and foreign secretary Shivshanker Menon who were present
at a press conference at the embassy said the mangoes issue played a symbolic
but substantive part in bilateral relations.
resuming its mango exports to the US, India is now eyeing Chinese, African and
East Asian markets, commerce and industry minister Kamal Nath said.
special task force (STF) will soon be formed to overcome the hurdles faced by
the country while exporting agri products,'''' Nath said during annual export awards
function organised by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development
however, warned of strict retaliatory actions if sanitary and phytosanitary measures
were not met.
agricultural exports, he said, represent one of the most important sectors in
the country, contributing 10 per cent of the world trade.
Secretary G K Pillai called for a change in the country''s agri export strategy
to tap a quantum of global agricultural market.
large share of the world''s agricultural market can be captured if we remodel our
agricultural export strategy'''' said Mr Pillai.
also stressed the agricultural export in the country was growing at a rate of
14.2 per cent against the target 17 per cent.
are making constant efforts to promote and develop export high
quality agri products through development of infrastructure, promotion of quality
standards and dissemination of market intelligence,'''' APEDA chairman K S Money
said a number of export facilitation and market access initiatives have been taken
by APEDA that have resulted in the opening of a new market for mangoes in Japan.