Now, Maharashtra and Karnataka lock horns over mangoes

The king of mangoes – Alphonso – is at the centre of a fight in between Maharashtra and Karnataka. Immediately after obtaining problems from mango growers in Maharashtra that Alphonso-like develop from the bordering State are eating into their margins, Maharashtra’s Agriculture Minister Dada Bhuse has stepped into the fray.

He claimed stringent legal action would be taken towards those associated in offering ‘fake’ Alphonsos in the market.

The Minister has asked Agriculture Create Market Committees (APMC) markets to keep a enjoy on traders passing off other kinds of mangoes as Alphonso. Vaibhav Naik, MLA from the Konkan area just lately approached the Agriculture Minister with a criticism that Maharashtra’s Alphonso growers were being suffering significant losses mainly because of “fake” Alphonsos from the neighbouring State.

Distinctive GI tag

Alphonso mangoes from Konkan have a GI (geographical indications) tag for their unique taste, aroma and colour. Violation of GI of Goods (Registration and Safety) Act, 1999, draws in a jail expression of six months and ₹50,000 in penalty.

Even as some experts think that the Portuguese introduced Alphonso to Konkan, researchers and farmers in the area assert that it is a nearby merchandise and the Portuguese took it to the planet market.

The king of mangoes is just one of the key resources of profits for the Konkan farmers. Devesh Deodhar, a trader, who bought Alphonsos to sell in the Pune market, claimed he experimented with to retail them for ₹1,two hundred (smaller sizing) and ₹1,five hundred ( huge sizing) per dozen. “But some individuals claimed that they were being obtaining it at ₹500 per dozen. Any grower of Alphonso are not able to pay for to sell the fruit at this rate. Naturally, there are other kinds of mangoes which are remaining offered as Alphonso,” he factors out.

Versions developed

India is house to about one,000 kinds of mango. Nevertheless, only a few kinds are commercially cultivated during India. Maharashtra farmers mostly grow Alphonso, Kesar and Pairi when Karnataka farmers grow Alphonso, Totapuri, Banganapalli, Pairi, Neelum and Mulgoa.

In accordance to APEDA, the key mango-rising States are Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Uttar Pradesh ranks initial in mango output with a share of 23.forty seven per cent and the maximum productiveness.