MELBOURNE: India may export mangoes that meet biosecurity standards to Australia for the first time following revision of protocols to allow them in the Australian economy.
Robert Gray from Australian Mango Industry Association, said the Indian mangoes would be for sale outside of the Australian mango season.
However, the fruit has to meet biosecurity standards including irradiation before they are exported, he said.
“Our position is that, as part of the global trade, if we want access to other countries around the world [to export Australian mangoes], then providing the protocol is safe and not bringing in any pests or diseases, then we’re supportive of other countries having access into our market,” he said, according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Mexico, the Philippines and Pakistan have previously exported mangoes to Australia over the years.
The report quoted Kaushal Khakhar, chief executive of Kay Bee Exports, as saying that all shipments to Australia would be sent by air, and the company would initially focus on exporting the Alphonso and Kesar varieties of mango.
“Alphonso is slightly tricky but handled well it is one of the best varieties in India,” he said.