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India resolves mango export concerns

Trade with South Korea flowing after packaging and cold storage issues addressed

India resolves mango export concerns

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Indian mango exporters have rectified packaging problems that threatened to derail their first season in the South Korean market, according to Business Line.

Complaints surfaced about the quality and presentation of the Indian offering shortly after the first consignment of fruit arrived in Soul in May.

T Sudhakar, deputy general manager of India’s Agricultural & Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority (APEDA), told Business Line that the concerns did not emanate from the quality of Indian-grown mangoes per se, but rather the packaging and cold storage procedures used to ship the fruit. Some initial consignments were also made up of varieties that naturally have a short shelf life.

Indian exporters met with South Korean buyers at a meeting in Soul in late May to address the concerns and plot preventative measures.

Sudhakar said the problems have since been resolved, with more than 40 tonnes of mangos flown to South Korea to date, with potential for a few more consignments as the mango season draws to a close.



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