India begins export of GI certified Gholvad Sapota

After exporting Geographical Indication (GI) certified mangoes to South Africa this month, Apeda (Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Agency) helped export a consignment of Dahanu Gholvad Sapota from Palghar district of Maharashtra to the United Kingdom today. GI certification of Ghovad Sapota is held by Maharashtra Rajya Chikoo Utpadak Sangh and the fruit is known for its sweet and unique taste. It is believed that the unique taste is derived from the calcium-rich soil of Gholvad village.

Currently, in the Palgahr district, around 5000 hectares of land is under sapota plantation. Out of 5000 farmers who grow Sapota, 147 farmers are authorized GI users. The Dahanu Gholvad Sapota, sourced from the authorized GI users, were sorted and graded from an Apeda assisted and registered packhouse facility.

At present, the demand in the importing countries are mainly from the ethnic population and Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman, Apeda said that export can increase many folds if the mainstream buyers are also targeted as Sapota can be grown throughout the year, unlike other fruits. Apeda has been giving thrust on the promotion of exports of GI products. GI products with their uniqueness, intrinsic value and practically no competition from outsiders, offers good potential for export.

Sapota is grown in many states- Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. Karnataka is known to be the highest grower of the fruit, followed by Maharashtra. It can be used in fruit salads, blended into milk or yoghurt, as a smoothie or processed to make a jam out of it. “Earlier this month, a consignment of 2.5 Metric Tonne of GI certified Banganapalli and Survarnarekha mangoes sourced from farmers in Krishna and hittor districts of Andhra Pradesh were exported to South Korea,” a release from Apeda said.

The mangoes were treated, cleaned & shipped from the Apeda supported packhouse and vapour heat treatment facilities at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh and exported by IFFCO Kisan SEZ (IKSEZ). This was the first export consignment sent by IKSEZ, which is a subsidiary of IFFCO, a multi-state cooperative with a membership of 36,000 societies. There is a possibility of more exports of mangoes to South Korea this season. IFFCO Kisan SEZ has an agreement with Meejaim, South Korea for supplying 66 MTs of mango this season. Andhra Pradesh horticulture department also collaborated in this endeavour.

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