Export of GI-certified fruit from Maharashtra to UK begins

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In a major boost to the exports of Geographical Indication (GI)-certified products, a consignment of Dahanu Gholvad Sapota (chikoo) from the Palghar district of Maharashtra was on Wednesday shipped to the United Kingdom.

GI certification of Gholvad Sapota is held by Maharashtra Rajya Chikoo Utpadak Sangh. The fruit is known for its sweet and unique taste, believed to be derived from the calcium rich soil of Gholvad village.

Currently, in Palghar district, around 5,000 hectares of land is under sapota or plantation. Of the 5,000 farmers who grow sapota, 147 are authorised GI users.

The Dahanu Gholvad Sapota, sourced from the authorised GI users, was sorted and graded at the APEDA-assisted and registered packhouse facility Kay Bee Agro International Pvt. Ltd, Tapi (Gujarat) and exported by Kay Bee Exports.

APEDA has been focusing on promoting the export of GI products, given their uniqueness and intrinsic value, offering good potential for outbound shipments.

Sapota is grown in many states including Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

APEDA promotes the export of agricultural and processed food products by providing assistance to exporters under various components of its scheme, such as Infrastructure Development, Quality Development and Market Development. In addition, it conducts international Buyer Seller Meets and Virtual Trade Fairs with importing countries to promote agricultural and processed food products.

Besides, the Department of Commerce supports exports through various schemes like Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES), Market Access Initiative (MAI), etc., highlighted a release.