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Hyderabad, July 30

With the Japanese Government lifting curbs on import of mangoes from India after 20 years, the Union Government is hopeful of exporting some varieties of mangoes from November.

Encouraged by the Japanese response, the Centre has decided to persuade the US Government to allow Indian mangoes into their market.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Mr Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Commerce, said the first batch of mango exports to Japan would begin in November.

He said the varieties, including Banganapally, Ratnagiri, Alphonsa, Langra, Kesar, Chausa and Mallika, had been cleared for imports by the Japanese Government. Japan had imposed the ban after Indian mangoes were found infected with fruit-fly pest in 1986.

Government help

Ever since the ban was imposed the Government had begun efforts to help the farmers tackle the problem. "We got special equipment from Japan. We will help the State Governments in setting up necessary infrastructure," he said.

On AEZs (Agriculture Export Zones), he said the performance of these zones was found to be poor. "Their pace has been unsatisfactory. They need a new push," he said.

The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority had been asked to take a special initiative to make them fully operational.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 1, 2006)
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