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3-day Bengal Mango Utsav begins to promote the fruit globally

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The 'Utsav - 2018' began here today to showcase the state's and products, and also to explore possibilities for their export to the Middle East, and South East Asian countries.

The three-day mango utsav is being organised by the state's Processing Industries and Horticulture department in association with the (ICC). Exhibition and sale of different varieties of mango and mango products by the growers and producers from all across state are in display at the utsav.

Inaugurating the festival, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister said mangoes from West have found space in many countries and the state government is ready to provide all necessary supports to the farmers.

The has initiated talks to get markets in United Kingdom, Italy, and other countries with the best of mangoes that are produced in West Bengal, Mukherjee said.

He also said "West has different verities of mangoes. However, we need to market them well to get better price."

Processing Industries and Horticulture Minister, said mango has huge potential for various processing products.

"However, we need to set up right kind of food processing units in the state and also identify the best quality mangoes for pickles, juices and other products," he said.

He further said that FPOs should be proactive in building connections between farmers and national and international buyers through participatory farming.

"Thrust has been given to produce more export quality mangoes from West Bengal," Mollah added.

State's IT and said that this year has produced nearly 9 metric tonnes of mangoes which is a record production for the state.

Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing Industries said representatives from eight countries directly communicated with the farmers from different districts.

She also informed that produces 400 variety of mangoes out of which 100 varieties are available in Bengal Mango Utsav.

Dr Rajeev Singh, director general, Indian Chamber of Commerce said that it is important for West Bengals mango to get better market in and abroad to ensure better price for the farmers.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 20:35 IST